“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”Mark 9:23-24
I hadn’t planned to write about this; but – as it is literally impossible to think about anything else – I guess I have no choice.
This blog is, after all, supposed to represent an honest reflection of my personal spiritual journey, so I must deal with what is right in front of me, like it or not.
What I’m talking about is pain. I have never in my entire life even remotely had to deal with something like this and it is both disturbing and overwhelming.
I am in the middle – as I mentioned back in January – of some “catch-up” dental work. The plan started with a surgical extraction, then I was supposed to get into the balance of the work this month.
Then, Friday evening, I experienced penetrating pain in and around the tooth that needs the crown. I hardly slept that night and by Sunday morning the situation had exploded. Nothing is touching the pain. Not regular analgesic, not the supercharged ibuprofen 800 I “borrowed” from my dad, not the unneeded at the time hydrocodone from last month’s extraction.
Sunday an emergency on-call dentist phoned in antibiotics; but by this morning the pain was – if possible – even worse. I have an 11:30 with my dentist this morning so hopefully there will be some answers soon.
So why blog about this? Well, it’s important to understand that I don’t write about faith, love, light, joy, and promise in a vacuum. Life is very difficult sometimes, and days like this I struggle to understand.
I want to continue to grow as a person of faith – and I must learn to do it when it’s not all sunshine and rainbows out there.
For today, I will admit that this is no small task. “I do believe; but, Lord, I need help with this unbelief too!” – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.