What an interesting procedure! At first I had to bite into this play dough or clay type of material to leave an impression. Then the dentist came and gave me shots of novocain to my gums, and in order to do this he is jerking my one cheek around. Then, once I am supposedly numb, he begins drilling or grinding at my teeth in my mouth, while the hygienist is sending water into my throat and at the same time supposedly sucking it out. I wanted to gag at times. That procedure lasted 15-20 minutes.
The dentist then gives me more novocain. I don't know if he realized I had started to feel the point of his one instrument in my mouth; I had said nothing. Once the novocain has numbed my mouth more, he then begins to pull out the baby tooth. He jerks and pulls at the tooth, going one way and then the other. He gets a better footing on the floor. Eventually, with one last thrust, he yanks it out.
After this, I have to bite down on gauze to stop the flow of the bleeding. Once it basically comes to an end, I have to bite down in more "clay" to make an impression. Finally, they play around in my mouth as they put in a piece of plastic - the temporary bridge - until the final procedure is to be completed in three weeks. Finally, the dentist instructs me not to eat anything crunchy, chewy, or hard until I return. (This eliminates pretzels, which I often eat. Fortunately, ice cream is soft.) I leave the dentist with 1/2 of the mouth numb and a big hole in my checking account. Yes, I paid the dentist to do all that.
Well, that leads to this question: do we trust God like we trust our dentist or our doctor? The dentist or doctor can put us through much pain in order to bring healing, and we pay them tons of money to do so. (My dentist was talking about getting a house ready to rent at the shore in Florida.) Do we trust our God with our lives even though he may have to take us through some hard times in order for us to experience spiritual healing and inner healing? Why is it that we seem to trust our dentists and doctors more than our God?