I was watching an old favorite family comedy on Hulu not too long ago. An adult member of the family was having a conversation with a young member of the family about the kid's loose tooth. In the course of the conversation, the adult told the kid that sometimes some things have to fall out in order to make room for new ones. I almost took a lap around my bedroom after hearing that! Then I started thinking about why we go through the process of losing teeth.
Children start losing the teeth--often referred to as baby teeth--because, as they grow, their jaws grow and mature, creating an environment that is designed to support permanent teeth. The jaw and jaw muscles grow and mature to be able to sustain permanent teeth. Did you catch that?! This whole process is focused on growth, maturity, and permanence. Baby teeth aren't permanent.....so eventually, they have to loosen up and drop out of the way so that permanent teeth have space to grow in. The baby teeth serve their purpose for a particular stage in early life, but they must give way to a new, more permanent situation.
Just like baby teeth, there are things in our lives that were never meant to stick around or become permanent fixtures on this journey. There are some people, circumstances, jobs, or situations that were only meant to serve a short-term purpose. Eventually, these elements must loosen up and drop out of the way so that God can position a new, more permanent circumstance in their place. In the meantime, He wants to grow you, mature you, and strengthen your spiritual capacity to sustain the permanence He's sending your way.
Instead of trying to hold onto a loose tooth, we allow it to fall out or we help it out by pulling it. However, it happens, it will eventually come out. By the same token, we must allow God to loosen up anything that is temporary in our lives so that it can drop out and make way for all of the amazing permanence that He has in store for us!!
"Forget the things that happened in the past. Do not keep on thinking about them. I am about to do something new. It is beginning to happen even now. Don’t you see it coming? I am going to make a way for you to go through the desert. I will make streams of water in the dry and empty land."
Isaiah 43:18-19 NIRV
Sometimes some things have to fall out in order to make room for new ones.
You can call me Jenn. Let's sit on the front porch, grab a tall glass of sweet tea, and chat about life. I communicate through writing and I so enjoy the conversations that squeeze out of my thoughts and words. I especially look forward to hearing your responses to my thoughts and words that spark other conversations, peak interest, and inspire change.