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. 2 Corinthians 1:4 (NLT)
I was reminded of this verse today after dealing with a splinter in my toe. I was in the shower and all of a sudden I felt something sharp in my big toe. Upon looking I see a splinter! Where in the world did that come from I think! I am in the shower for goodness sake, what is in here that would give me a splinter!
No matter, it got in somehow and now it needed to come out. This caused a household search for the tweezers which I finally found in my tool box, of all places! Hmmmm…hidden splinters, hidden tweezers, something strange is going on here, I am thinking…
Well, after, doing minor surgery on my toe with a needle, tweezers and of course rubbing alcohol, the splinter was gone. It was then, I remembered a conversation I had yesterday with my grand-son. Ah, so God had a purpose for all of this after all…
I had picked my teenage grandson up because he wanted to come and spend the weekend with me. During the drive to my house he told me he had helped his dad do some work on an old barn door and somehow his hand got filled with splinters. I told him when we got to my house I would look at it and perhaps I would be able to remove the splinters for him if they weren’t in too deep. However, one thing led to another and by the time we got home after running a few errands, both of us had forgotten all about the splinters….at least I had and he never reminded me.
However, now, since I had gotten a splinter, it caused me to remember his splinters and with a little work I was able to successfully remove them all. He was happy to have them out and I was happy to have helped him.
This whole incident could be related to what Paul is saying in 2 Corinthians 1:4. If we look at it that way, we will be able to “give thanks in all things” as Paul suggests in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, because whatever we might have to go through or deal with could give us the compassion, experience, and knowledge to help someone else out with a similar experience they might be going through.
Thank You God, for this life lesson today. May I always remember to give You thanks in all things, for I know that You can cause all things to work together for good in my life and perhaps I can use my experiences to help someone else along the way.