Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Romans 8:28 Scripture Meditation by Stephen Taylor

Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 


This is a story about how God used the tooth formerly known as my back molar to bring healing and encouragement! For about two weeks, I have had an infected tooth. I put it off and was praying for God to heal it. The problem was I wanted Him to heal it my way. Quick, painless, and right now! But God had other plans!


Mom finally got me to call around to dentists yesterday, and none could get me in anytime soon. Then, God led me to a 1-800 number that puts you in contact with local dentists that can see you the same day. So, God took me to Hopewell Dental, and it was one blessing after another. As I was talking to the receptionist on the phone, she proceeded to tell me that she saw me at church Sunday and that her boyfriend’s brother is a resident at the Jeremiah Tree, where I work! I was like, “Okay, God, this is getting interesting” - LOL!


I was an addict for 20 years, so my teeth need a lot of work. Emily, the lady from church proceeded to get me in that same day to get that infected tooth pulled and find me discount after discount. Not only did I get the tooth pulled for about half-price, but the cost to keep, clean, and fix the others was about cut in half too! And the cherry on top was I was able to send an encouraging message through her to the resident’s mom and family about how well He is doing!


I say all this to encourage you that sometimes, the path to healing doesn’t look the way we want it to, but it’s exactly the path He wants us on! God used one tooth to heal a whole mouth, plus some! See, not only did God fix problems I didn’t know about, but He brought areas to light that I didn’t know about. He showed me that even when I don’t feel good or feel like He is close, He is right there beside me. He taught me more about compassion and forgiveness as well. I don’t have room to tell of all the goodness of God in my life through this tooth, but what I can say is that God used an infected tooth to disinfect my heart!!!


Be compassionate, Be trusting, Be as shrewd as a snake yet as innocent as a dove, and today rest in the out stretched arms of the Savior and let Him work in you!!!


I love you all, God bless, and Glory to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit!!!




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