Early last week I had to go to the dentist. Admittedly, it’s not one of my favorite places to go. I experience a little of anxiety, and so, when asked if I desired to have something to make me a little more at ease, I agreed. Now its important to note, I’m actually more uneasy about the “assistance” than the procedure. The first time I received “assistance,” it was not pleasant, in fact down right embarrassing as I lost my cookies. As such, whenever I go, I feel as though that memory is painted in the staff’s head. At any rate, as the gas was administered to me, I noticed that I felt different than previous times. Additionally, the area around the site where the filling was to be done, was numbed. My mind began to race, and I recall praying to God asking to just make it through. I prayed. I recited scripture. I blessed God. Yes, in my numbness, I blessed God! When the procedure was done, I recalled my experience while under. Psalm 34:1 declares: “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Even in my numbness, which happened to be in my mouth, God remained on my mind.
There is much to feel numb about. Over the last two weeks, we’ve witnesses our fellow citizens loose all they have as a result of hurricanes and tropical storms. What was even more disheartening is to see disaster play out a second time for Katrina survivors. We wake daily to the threat of a nuclear bomb or a terrorist attack in places we’ve dreamed of visiting. We watch infighting between political parties that appears to be more concerned with repeal than humanity. We hear rehtoric emerging from the highest desk in the land, spilling with hatred, divisiveness and disgust. The only stage after numbness would be death. But since we’re here, it behooves us to bless God at all times.
What does it mean to bless God? It reflects speaking well of him even when that is mirrored in the earth or people appears Godless. It requires exercising faith when circumstances seem impossible. It is holding space with those who are in deep despair when your life is the bomb.com. Its being obedient to his Word when it could seemingly be easier to take one for the enemy. I was fortunate enough to recall the power of God in my numbness during my procedure. We must develop the practice of blessing God when we are numb due to life’s disappointments. It must become a component of our daily existence. The Word of God decrees in Acts 17:28, “In him I live, move and have my being.” That requires that we continue to live for Christ irregardless of the conditions we find ourselves. If we can bless God in our numbness, when we feel as though nothing he promised is coming to fruition, we will develop the practice of our bodies responding accordingly and perhaps even more powerfully, when we actually experience the move of God! Blessing God must become second nature, when numb or full of life. No matter what is going on around us, He’s still just that good!