Have you ever had something happen so fast that you barely had time to process it? It’s like, oh I don’t know, whiplash. After a recent dental scenario I realized sometimes it’s best that way.
After not being able to get a diagnosis on a painful tooth, I went to an endodontist. Although they had me fill out a consent form in advance for a possible root canal it wasn’t until 20 minutes later when the specialist said, yes, it was needed, that reality sunk in. And the fact that the doctor looked about 20 years old didn’t help. (“Do you know what you’re doing?!”)
At that point I could have used a hug and some Valium. But neither were readily available. So instead I asked Doogie Howser if I could use the restroom after he said the procedure takes an hour and a half.
“What?! Can I be a dog now? Because we vets do dental procedures with general anesthesia!” I’m not squeamish about the dentist but I had whiplash from being rear-ended by a careless driver three days prior to this appointment so I wasn’t looking forward to the lean-waaaay-back dental chair. For an hour and a half.
Since Doogie’s specialty training didn’t include turning me into a pomeranian or something, he numbed up my mouth and off to the restroom I went. In the restroom: “Umm… God? Help!! This guy is like 5 years old. (Yeah, he’s getting younger the longer I look at him.) Please don’t let him screw it up! Amen.”
Now if God, or the specialist, had given me much more time to think about it I would have made my escape directly from the bathroom. But to what avail? So I could continue to alternate Advil and Tylenol every 4 hours for horrible radiating nerve pain? (“Sure. That’ll be fine. Bye!”)
Sometimes God lets us drag our feet and sometimes He doesn’t. Sometimes the job at hand needs to be done now before it’s too late. And sometimes we have to adjust quickly to sudden life transitions.
I think some rapid, good transitions are on the horizon for myself and others in the family of God. And I think the root canal is a preview of this for me personally because even good things can be overwhelming and somewhat stressful when they happen fast.
So get ready. Like a texting driver who isn’t paying attention, good things might come up on us fast!