by Macy Johnson
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in
(Psalm 34:18 NIV)
was wrong with an old crown on a back tooth. A sharp edge was poking into my
cheek. The irritation distracted me from routine tasks and absorbed my
thoughts. I googled “what to do about sharp edges on teeth.” It was suggested I
smooth it with a nail file. I tried that with little luck, since the crown was
at least thirty years old and crafted out of metal, not softer porcelain.
month of agitation and pain, I decided to make an appointment with my dentist. He
explained, “You broke the crown and bent one side of it outward, so the sharp
edge at the break rubs the inside of your cheek.” Only a metal crown would
break and bend outward like that. My dentist was able to temporarily bend the
broken piece back into place. The bent piece later broke off before I received
a replacement crown. Delayed relief!
I feel like that old, worn out crown on my tooth. After years of living in this
body, I often feel broken and bent out of shape. My spirit suffers under the
heavy, consistent pounding of life on me, like my jaw on my damaged tooth.
morning I pray, “Lord, please break me, melt me, mold me, fill me, use me today
for your glory.” I want God to be in control of my life, but things
don’t always go the way I hoped they would. He reminds me broken things on this
planet aren’t meant to last, but are miraculously repurposed according to His
Jesus all my broken pieces and trust Him to restore them for His glory. I hope
you will, too!