I don't do so well with the sport of golf. I can be patient with a lot of things in life but golf has never been one of them. Besides my inability to golf well (even on wii golf), I have been physically scarred by the sport. By the 9th grade, I took a golf club and put-put ball to the face on two separate occasions. Standing behind my cousin when he swung the golf club was probably not a good idea on my part. But when my guy friend decided to show off in front of some girls at a game of put-put by seeing how hard he could hit the ball, accidently hitting me in the mouth (while I was in my unfortunate season of braces), well- I can't exactly take the blame for that occasion.
Both of those situations came as a complete surprise. One minute I was doing great, then boom- out of no where, I was in pain. Often times there are several situations in life that come about the same way, whether you brought the pain on by not intentionally being safe or if the pain comes from something that is completely out of your control. If we aren't quick to run to the Lord, these things can crush us with the pain that they bring.
2 Corinthians 1:3-6
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer.
No matter the situation, the Lord can bring comfort and allow it to change us for good. I learned never to stand behind someone with a golf club even if you think there's enough space. Not only will this protect me from harming myself again but I can let other people know its not safe also, just like going against God's word intentionally would be unsafe, even when you think you'll be okay. The put-put ball to the mouth gave me a beautiful extra dimple. Though it changed me I didn't decide to look at it negatively. Some people would have been upset with the scar and would sue for damage (not making this up- I was given this advice lol), but I just chose to embrace it and move on. When a painful situation comes out of no where we can also decide to look at the trouble we are facing as a way to refine us and equip us to live life differently for the glory of God. He can use any trouble to shape us to reflect Christ more and to draw us to the one who can only satisfy- Himself. As we are comforted and are sanctified by the Lord through these situations, we can extend comfort and hope to others who may go through the same painful experiences.