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. 2 Cor 1:6 (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. Weird! 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! After, doing minor surgery on my toe with a needle, tweezers and of course rubbing alcohol, the splinter was gone.
It was then that I remembered the conversation I had yesterday with my grand-son. I had picked him up because he wanted to come 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 had gotten filled with splinters. I told him when we got home 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.
Now,however, since I had gotten a splinter, it caused me to remember his splinters and with a little work I was able to successfully remove all of his too. He was happy to have them out and I was happy to be able to help him. I guess you could say my splinter was a blessing in disguise, because it prepared me to help him.
The whole incident could be related to what Paul is saying in 2 Cor. 1:6. If we look at it that way, we will be able to give thanks in everything as Paul says in 1Thess.5:18 because whatever we might have to go through or deal could prepare us to help someone else with whatever they are going through. It is much easier to be compassionate and helpful if you have experienced the same trials as another.
Thank you God, that You always work everything together for good in our lives. I give You thanks for Your many blessings, even those that are sometimes disguised as trials and tribulations. Help me to remember to give thanks in everything, for the trial I endure today may just prepare me for offering the comfort needed for someone tomorrow.