Drill It and Fill It

Written by Lisa DeVinney on . Posted in poetry

I went to the hygienist.
She quickly cleaned my teeth;
But then teasingly scolded,
“You’ve got a cavity.”
Can’t say that it surprised me.
I’d had pain in that spot.
And when it comes to flossing -
I do, but not a lot.
She said I’d have to come back
To let the dentist drill
So it would not get bigger
(Unlike my dental bill).
It’s then I got to thinking
About holes in the heart –
Sometimes they’re hard to notice
Right at the very start.
But if they go untreated,
They can grow big enough
To cause both pain and heartache,
And trap unwanted stuff
Like anger, unforgiveness,
Or bitterness, or hate.
And each makes that hole bigger,
The longer that you wait.
It may require some drilling
To fully clear that hole,
And clean out all the garbage
That’s rotting out the soul.
And then, what’s most important –
Filling that old hole up.
God’s Spirit’s there to help you
With good things in His cup.
He’ll pour in love and mercy,
And some forgiveness, too,
Till there’s no room for anything
But God’s grace filling you.
So next time there’s a cavity,
Be quick to have it filled.
The Spirit will be waiting
To cleanse, renew, rebuild.
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger,
brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other,
just as in Christ God forgave you.”
Ephesians 4:31-32 NIV
©Lisa DeVinney, April 2014

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