“So, I had not seen a dentist for 15 years, but after we became friends with Jake, I thought it was time!”
My wife and I were sharing a festive dinner with several other couples. My friend, a physician at the dinner, was effusive of Jake’s skill, his new dentist, seated next to him. “Jake was great!” My friend continued. “I knew I would probably need a lot of work and before he started, he checked my blood pressure.”
Many of us sitting at the table were physicians and duly impressed by Jake’s compulsiveness. “That’s very commendable, Jake!” I chimed in. “My father was a dentist but I cannot ever recall him checking a patient’s blood pressure.”
Jake nodded. “I know, but we were trained to do this and most dentists don’t check it. I do it with all new patients. Tell you a story?” We were eagerly hanging on Jake’s words.
“This woman came to my office a few years ago. She had not been to a dentist for several years and wanted a checkup. As usual, I checked her blood pressure and noticed an irregularity. I was concerned and told her that I wanted her to be cleared by her primary care physician before we started on her dental work. She was a bit annoyed but she agreed. I didn’t see her back at my office until a year and a half later and she told me an amazing story. Her primary care physician referred her to a cardiologist who did additional testing. She underwent cardiac bypass surgery and extensive rehabilitation. Now she was finally able to see me for the dental problem that started all of this!”
We were astounded by this story!
“When I saw her, she told me, ‘Doctor, if you did not refer me to my primary care doctor, I would never have learned of my heart condition. I tell everyone, ‘My dentist saved my life!’ “
We expect an attorney to assist us with legal matters but most of us would not immediately think of our dentist as the healthcare professional who would identify a heart problem. Help sometimes comes to us in unexpected ways and individuals.
Rahab was a prostitute living in the city of Jericho. When two Jewish men sent by their leader, Joshua, came to spy and survey the city, she protected them. As city officials searched her house, she hid the spies on her roof. After she misdirected the officials to search elsewhere she confided to the spies why she helped them.
…she came up to them on the roof and said to the men, “I know that the Lord has given you the land, and that the fear of you has fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land melt away before you.”
Joshua 2:8-9 (ESV)
After listening to her testimony, these men promised to save Rahab and her family from the imminent attack of their city. Rahab’s background and profession were unimportant, it was her faith and courage that was honored and accepted by God, placing her in an esteemed position with the great saints of the Bible.
Help from unexpected sources. God will use anyone and every circumstance to break through our cloud of sins to accept His Son, Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.