That's the exact number the oral surgeon told me. It simply wasn't possible that at my age (51, and yes, I realize a woman isn't supposed to reveal her age, but clearly I don't subscribe to that view) that I'd need to have my lower wisdom teeth removed.
And then we saw the x-ray.
And then, because of the pain involved, we scheduled oral surgery for the very next day, which hardly gave me time to think about more disturbing odds: a 50% chance of permanent nerve damage in my lower face.
All I wanted was for the source of the pain to be gone. And I truly did not have a choice.
Today is day 4 post-surgery, and the pain still is not gone. It's relentless and raw and stubborn and makes my heart ache for people who live with a high pain level all the time.
But in the middle of all this I would like to point out that in spite of the 0% and 50% odds I faced, God is 100% for me.
And He is 100% for you, regardless of the situation or odds you are currently facing.
"What then shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31)
In all honestly, it's been a rough week. Maybe you can relate. Maybe you are facing some slim odds. Maybe you are in the depths of raw pain you'd rather not be enduring. But hold on with me, sweet friend. Because God is faithful and trustworthy and there is absolutely no limit to His loving-kindness, His ability, or His awesome power. And He works all things for our good.
Even the 0% stuff.
Even the 50% stuff.
"And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)