Today at the dentist, I started thinking about cavities. The decay, caused by the simplest things, which leads to immense pain and often a large bill if not cared for immediately.
The dentist mentioned that if the crown he had placed on a tooth were to come off the body would begin to fill the cavity or space left behind. What an interesting fact, our bodies want to fill the voids we have.
Looking at this from a Biblical point of view, I saw so much of our faith story in the two perspectives of a cavity. The first cavity I mentioned is a lot like sin- especially the secret sins we think we’ve hidden from others. They may start small, like a piece of food or sweets that wasn’t fully removed when we brushed and flossed.
Over time, this will begin to destroy the good, protective layer we have around us. If it isn’t addressed and dealt with in the early stages the damage can be severe. Only the dentist with his or her surgical treatment will be able to remove the decay and restore the tooth. Often with a filling and sometimes with a crown.
The second cavity I mentioned, just shows how much our body does not want to be empty or without. Blaise Pascal described it this way, There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of each man which cannot be satisfied by any created thing but only by God the Creator, made know through Jesus Christ.
We will seek to fill this cavity or vacuum with God or we will try to fill it with lesser gods of money, power, alcohol, sex, even the idea of religion. The only way we can find the peace we need is to be honest and even humble enough to admit we need God to fill us. To remove the decay, to fill us with His Holy Spirit and give us a crown of life.
Romans 5:8 says, God demonstrates His own love for us in this, that while we were yet sinner , Christ died for us. We may not have recognized that we have a void, but God knows, and He has the answer for us. it’s Jesus.