“This may sound silly, but I’m terrified of going to the dentist. I always put it off, then I end up with more problems than I started with. So imagine my anxiety when I had to have a root canal and two fillings. I barely slept the whole night before, and the next morning, I drove to the dental office with my stomach in knots.
“As I gripped the steering wheel, I tried to focus on God, my one Comforter. ‘Lord, please take away my fears,’ I prayed out loud. ‘I’m placing them in Your hands. I don’t know if I can do this alone.’
“As traffic slowed, my insides were still doing flip-flops. Where’s the peace I’d hoped that crying out to Him would bring? I thought. Why do I still have clammy hands and a racing heart? I felt a little ashamed. Maybe a silly dental appointment was just too small a thing to pray for.
“Suddenly, I heard static as my car radio came on. I’d been driving a restored classic car, and the radio hadn’t worked since I bought it. I caught my breath as it played one of my favorite gospel songs about how God carries all our fears and burdens for us. I took a deep cleansing breath and instantly felt wonderfully calm, realizing nothing is too small for God. ‘I can do this!’ I said with confidence. ‘Because You’re right here beside me.’
“My radio never worked again after that day, but I’ll never forget the song the Lord dedicated just to me!”
—Mary Ratliff, 53, Ann Arbor, MI