My son was lost at the dentist this week. His name was called so I let him go back by himself. After all, he is seventeen. Then they kept coming back to the waiting room calling his name. Finally, I said, "He's already back there." "He is?" She kept looking and coming back and saying, "I can't find him." Hmm. How do you lose a great big guy? How can he hide in a room full of dentist chairs? Was he suddenly so afraid of the drills and mouth vacuums that he hid himself?
As it turns out, when his name was called, or so we thought, it was for a "Jared," not "Derrick." He got Jared's teeth cleaning instead of x-rays and an exam. It's a good thing Jared wasn't schedule for a root canal or Derrick might have gotten that!
So when I got called in later this week for a scheduled cleaning, I got a filling instead. You can be sure that I had them check that they had the right person. Yep. I wanted to ask them if they could use gold for my filling so that I would have something to leave for my children, but I didn't know if they could understand my macabre humor.
Lost... "A Canaanite woman came out from that region and began to cry out, saying, 'Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed. (That's about as lost as you can get.) But He did not answer her a word. (Do you ever feel like God is ignoring you?) And His disciples came to Him and kept asking Him, saying, 'Send her away, for she is shouting out after us.' But He answered and said, 'I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.' But she came and began to bow down before Him (worship Him), saying, 'Lord, help me!' And He answered and said, 'It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs.' But she said, 'Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their master's table.' Then Jesus answered and said to her, 'O woman your faith is great; be it done for you as you wish.' And her daughter was healed at once." Matthew 15:22-28
Oops, she, a Canaanite, came when she wasn't called. Yet, she was so desperate that she caused quite the scene. The disciples "kept" asking Him to send her away because she was shouting after them. Annoying. Then Jesus insults her, in fact insinuates that she is a "dog." That is what a good Jew would think of her. However, Jesus knew what was going to happen, but was testing her so that others could witness what He was going to do. I don't believe He was as cruel as He seemed. Her reply was perfect. "Even the dogs feed on the crumbs..." That certainly happens at my house. They save me from having to sweep up from under that table after a meal. He said He was sent "only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel," but like Paul, He truly was sent to seek and to save those who are lost. Even the Gentiles are included in the "Go ye into all the world..." His ultimate answer was, "O woman your faith is great; be it done for you as you wish."
Just like my son lost at the dentist, her daughter went away with a cleaning. Because of her faith her child was healed, as she wished. I did not cause a raucous at the dentist, but if they still could not find my son when he was lost back there, I was about to, ya know what I mean?