My stop in the dental chair today started with the "numbing". I have a love and hate relationship with the "numbing". Love it because I know I am not going to feel the pain but I hate the feeling like you have a fat lip and are drooling all over yourself.
It's been a while since the "numbing" process began and now I am at work at the church office. As the "numbing" has worn off I have some mild discomfort, nothing to complain about. I realize that the dentist is trying to help me avoid as much discomfort as possible, but I will still have some pain. Unfortunately it just gets to be later in the day, rather than when the work was actually being done.
We get "numb" in our lives. We stop feeling, we stop experiencing, we build up immunity, we build walls that protect us from pain, and we avoid. Sometimes that "numbing" protects us but some day at some point it will wear off and we will experience what we've been so desperately trying to avoid. The "numbing" separates us from the things that have meaning in this world, our relationship with God and with other people.
What would happen if we stopped the "numbing" process in our lives? Allowed ourselves to see, to experience, to touch, to feel God once again.
What would happen if when the "numbing" wears off we didn't look for another dose? If we dealt with the things in our lives, if we sought counsel when necessary, and lived in a right relationship with God
What would happen if we started living the life God has given to us? With all of its joys and pains, laughter and tears, highs and lows, etc. . ..
John 10:10 says "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."
May you realize that you don't have to be numb anymore. That you can experience your life to the full and that God wants you to LIVE your life!