A cascading crack in the mountain? A great divide in the earth?
I think of teeth.
Warning: I’m an English major prone to dancing imagery and descriptive language. The combination often entails spiritual analogies. That’s where teeth come in.
You know the drill. The dentist numbs the side of your mouth. Then, that glorious waiting time arrives — a few short minutes of uninterrupted quiet. He returns to clean out the gunk and restore the tooth with some sort of filling material.
This whole process mirrors the cleaning-out-and-filling-up we undergo as we walk with God. First, we must allow Him to clean us out and make us new and then fill up on the good stuff.
But what is the good stuff?
In dentistry these days, you often have a choice as to the substance of the filling: silver, porcelain, gold, resin…
We also have a choice with what we fill our ears, mouths, our bodies…our lives.
This is not a message to condemn — to say you shouldn’t do this, shouldn’t read that, or shouldn’t watch this, and shouldn’t go there.
Rather, it’s a positive challenge to take to heart Paul’s words above, to fill up on God’s best; to question if we are really filling up on what is honorable, pure, and lovely.
First, we need a spirit that yields to the scraping, the cleaning out, the drilling.Then, we can make decisions as to what goes in. This may look different for each of us.
The tricky thing? In spite of our superb brushing and flossing, a cavity may still pop up. Rinse and repeat; it’s an ongoing, lifelong renewing process.
Just a little something to chew on. ;)
What does “filling up on the good stuff” look like in your life?