The value of a child’s baby tooth seems to have gone up over the years. Today, it is officially five dollars. I remember how excited I became whenever I lost one of my baby teeth. Believing in the tooth fairy’s unfailing generosity meant that I could put the tooth under my pillow that night and reasonably expect to find a huge chunk of change in its place the next morning.

The value of a child’s baby tooth seems to have gone up over the years. Today, it is officially five dollars. I remember how excited I became whenever I lost one of my baby teeth. Believing in the tooth fairy’s unfailing generosity meant that I could put the tooth under my pillow that night and reasonably expect to find a huge chunk of change in its place the next morning. 

     Upon waking the next day, the first thing I would do is look under my pillow. Sure enough, the tooth fairy always left her usual four pennies and a nickel in exchange for the jagged, boney structure that once graced the elegance of my tender gums.

     Thinking back on it, my teeth could have increased in value had I brushed them more thoroughly from time to time. A whiter appearance might have generated more revenue.

     Even so, I was grateful to receive what I did, because even to this day people will tell me that I need all the cents I can get. Humm.

     A similar exchange for a better deal than my quest for coinage happened long ago, in a place called, "Eden." 

     Already an adult, the Adam of Genesis didn’t have baby teeth to put under the presumably jungle leaves he used as a pillow. What he did have, however, was a set of strong ribs.

     The Bible says that God caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep. When he woke up, Eve was standing there. God had taken one of Adam’s ribs to make for him a much-needed, human companion.

     Modern psychology contends that answers to our problems lie largely within us; that we need to look within ourselves to find real contentment. 

     Although this may be true to some degree, anything capable of offering hope and a better life lying within us is God-given.

     Adam had a rib. But it was God who created that rib, and He alone knew how to manipulate its properties to form another human being.

     Everyone has an inborn talent; a unique ability to do something capable of improving his or her life, community, or world. But, it is God Himself who makes it possible.

     Nothing surpasses the value of a human soul. He who never slumbers nor sleeps never tires of blessing us.  What God did for Adam shows how He is constantly working behind the scenes to bring about the greater good for His most treasured creation. Yes, even as we sleep.