August 1, 2007
Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:20
Hallelujah! I find it necessary to thank God for a situation that I have experienced for quite a while. My jaw has become extremely fragile, and the pain is terrible. What? Praise God for jaw pain? Yes, that is what I must do.
If you have been reading my blog, then you know that for the past year or so, my jaw has been causing me a tremendous amount of pain and disability. I had a terrible case of TMD or TMJ a few years ago. I had my jaw (and occlusion) redone by a dentist in Minnesota. I made trips to St.Paul for two years. The work was finished in December 2002. Everything was fine concerning my jaw. Then I saw a dentist in my area. I needed a crown on the tooth that started the trigeminal neuralgia situation in the first place. I had waited eight years for the crown. God had healed me of trigeminal neuralgia one year earlier, so now the time had come to take care of the tooth that had undergone a root canal.
After the crown was completed, the local dentist could never get my occlusion just right. I went back to Minnesota to have it adjusted. I got better, but the jaw pain has never really gone away. In fact, plenty of the time, I cannot talk. Talking either causes pain or my jaw locks up. The pain is sometimes difficult to bear.
A few nights ago, I was trying to go to sleep. I pondered about how anything good could come of this situation. Then I remembered that we are to thank God always. I was really humbled by this. My frustration can become overwhelming, and I know it was displeasing to God. I could not move my jaw, but I prayed silently. Lord, if I can never speak another word, I will praise you continually. If that is my purpose on this earth, to silently praise You, I will.
God answers prayer. My jaw is so much better. I can speak today, not even a week after the silent prayer, like someone who has never had jaw pain. In my silence, I remembered how Samson slew a thousand men with the jawbone of an ass. Our jaws are mighty weapons, allowing us to utter words that have the power of both death and life. Whether silent or spoken, I hope to praise God in every situation. That’s my idea of a powerful life. God has given us the weapons we need to win every battle. He is so good. Hallelujah!
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