Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Miracles are all around!

How often do we miss out on miracles simply because they don't come shaped like what we were expecting. Not all miracles look like someone getting healed on their deathbed. Or a blind person suddenly regaining sight. Don't get me wrong. These ARE miracles and I believe they DO happen. But what I'm talking about are the miracles that might go unnoticed. I got the chance to be a part of an awesome miracle today.

Let me set the scene by saying my daughter Emily really dislikes the dentist is terrified of the dentist. On top of that, Emily is pre-disposed to "bad" teeth. She has very weak teeth that get cavities easily, she's missing at least two adult teeth that may require extensive dental work in the future...poor kid! I purposely drive about 40 minutes to the next town to our current dentist because the hygenist, Mrs. Mary, is the only person Emily has ever gone to without crying hysterically. But, Mrs. Mary is only the hygenist so whenever Emily needs fillings she has to see the dentist. Just to give you an idea of how bad those visits can be, the last time she had a filling done (which was just last year) she cried and begged me to go home the WHOLE ride to the office. Do you remember I said the dentist is in the next town...40 MINUTES AWAY??!! Imagine, if you have the stomach for it, a precious 9 year old crying HUGE crocodile tears all the while begging over and over in the sweetest, most pitiful voice, "Please, Mama, don't make me go. Please, Mama, just turn the car around and take me back home. Please Mama, I'll do anything, just don't make me do this!" How I managed to actually drive the whole way without breaking down I'll never know; I just knew it was the right thing to do and that this was one of those "hard things" about parenting that no one warns you about!

So, today was Emily's appointment to have THREE fillings done. Last night, as I was trying to drift off to sleep, with not much success, (Gee, I wonder what could have been on my mind preventing Mr. Sandman from doing his job?????) I prayed to the Heavenly Father asking Him for an easy dentist trip. I asked that he would calm Emily's nerves and since her appointment wasn't until 2:30 in the afternoon (I hated that she would dread it all day and have her whole day spoiled) I specifically asked that from the moment she woke up that she would be filled with such peace about the whole situation that she would wonder to herself why she wasn't nervous. Here comes the miracle part....

This morning, after we'd been up for a couple of hours, Emily walked into the sunroom where I was sitting at my desk. I could tell she had something she wanted to tell me. I asked her what it was. She said, "Mama, when I woke up this morning, I started getting nervous about the dentist this afternoon. I prayed that God would take away my fear and you know what? I haven't been scared all day! I've thought about it a couple of times but that was just to wonder what all it was going to be like, it wasn't like I was getting scared or anything." Praise the Lord! Not only did He specifically answer my prayer from the night before, but He did it in an even better way than I asked for (isn't that how He always is? better to us than we deserve?), he allowed my daughter to experience praying for something specific and then getting an answer to that prayer. That's what I call a "faith-builder". Our children have to have experiences like this so that their PERSONAL faith is built; it's not enough for them to rely on the faith of their mommy and daddy. As important as these faith-builders are, praying for these experiences to occur in my children's lives is not easy though. You'll notice that for Emily to experience the miracle of her Heavenly Father granting peace to her she first had to go through several years of anxiousness and anxiety relating to the dentist. I, as her Mama, had to endure this right along with her. BUT, both she and I had our faith built a little stronger today. We "know that we know" the next time we need it, our Heavenly Father will walk us through our next trial. Why? Because He was there for us both today.

So, just to summarize (because I know I tend to ramble!), what exactly was the miracle that occurred today? It was the miracle of a usually TERRIFIED little girl riding in the car for 40 minutes happily playing her Nintendo DS on the way to the dentist office, that same little girl walking in without clinging to her Mama's hand, that same little girl walking back to the room with the dentist all by herself leaving her Mama behind in the waiting room. And why did this miracle happen? Because she asked for it!!!

Have you asked for your miracle today?

Matthew 21:22 "And all things you ask in prayer, believing you shall receive."

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