Generally speaking, people have very little trouble distinguishing between fillings and feelings. I know of one particular incident, however, when the two were confused. My youngest brother was listening to a discussion on how a person’s feelings had been hurt. Eager to participate, he gave a big smile and said: “I have feelings too, see,” and then he pointed to the fillings in his mouth.
The gnawing truth is that both fillings and feelings are directly connected to something that is missing. In the case of fillings, part of a tooth is missing, so a dentist fills the tooth. Feelings, on the other hand, can be more of a challenge; the emptiness related to them are emotional in nature.
A person may feel empty because of grief, a self-esteem issue, or disappointment. The solution involves more than just an injection and the mixing of a composite resin to fill a tooth. The need is a relationship and not more resin:
- If your feelings have drained you and you’re running on fumes, it might give you some consolation to think of God as “the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles ( 2 Corinthians 1:3-4).”
- If you’re struggling with a major decision, James 1:5 can be reassuring: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, . . . and it will be given to him.”
- If you’re worn out, you can find the strength you need because “the Lord will give strength to His people (Psalm 29:11).”
- If your life seems dry and barren, a relationship with Jesus may be what you need: “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
- If you have a gnawing hunger that you can’t seem to satisfy, you may be eating the wrong bread. Jesus said: “I am the Bread of Life. The person who aligns with me hungers no more and thirsts no more (John 6).”
You may have gone through life as the kid nobody wanted on their team; as the person who could never make it to the first chair in the school band; the singer who was always off key; or, the wilted flower on a piece of outdated wallpaper. If so, I have some good news for you. Jesus said: “The Father gives me the people who are mine. Every one of them will come to me, and I will always accept them (John 6:37).” There are no exceptions: Jesus loves you, accepts you, and He always will.