Last night was a big night in the Stephens household. Our middle son, Sam, has had his first “loose tooth” for a little while now. I knew that this day would come. I personally was dreading this day because Sam is not one to take pain or blood well.
Last night, as we were tucking the boys into bed, Sam pipes up and says, “I’m ready for my tooth to come out!” We had been checking it and seeing how wiggly it is, and we knew that it was about time for it to come out. So we proceeded to grab some tissues and get to work.
I was bracing for an all-out fiasco, but what I found was quite different. Sam was so excited that he was going to get to experience this “big boy” event in his life. The main trouble that we had was keeping him still as he couldn’t sit still from excitement.
After a little while of wiggling and pulling, out popped this little front tooth. Sam did a little happy dance and was eager to show his onlooking brothers his tooth that was missing. I cannot explain the relief that I had that it was not “the end of the world.”
As Sam was so eager to show his brothers his tooth that had come out, I looked at our oldest son, Drew, and said to him, “Thank you.” You could see the confusion on Drew’s face as I said this to him. I explained that because he had done so well with this event in his own life, his brother was not afraid to go down that path. Drew’s example before his brothers had been one tool that had given Sam the courage to face this with no fear but rather excitement.
It is hard to see how God is using some of the events in our lives. We may wonder, “God, how is this going to be used in any way?” The truth is, we never really know who is watching us and how what happens in our lives can be exactly what they need to face what is coming down the road for them.
God never wastes a moment… even when it is a young boy losing a tooth. God can use even that event to build up those around him. Take heart and remember that God is not just working in and on your life, but He is also working through you in others’ lives as well.