I used to play a lot of golf. However, back in 2007 I had two neck surgeries, my mom always yelled at me, “Don’t do that or you will break your fool neck.” I guess she was right. Anyway, because of the plates in my neck, my golf swing is compact enough I could probably swing in a phone booth, remember those! Hence, I rarely play. Once I could hit the ball a mile, unfortunately I had no idea where it was going, but now I’m reduced to hitting my seven iron most of the time. If I were named Daws, this would be no problem, but I’m not so none the less, I still occasionally go out and play a little. A few days ago I went out to play with my youngest son. It was fun, although at one point I took my seven iron out and hit a little too much ground behind the ball and sent a shooting pain into my side. How do you injure yourself on a par three course? My son’s answer was simple, “You’re old dad!” Thanks Tyler.
Here is the point. Pain is something that happens in our life. In a few days I will be fine and ready to go out and shoot 40 again, did I mention it is a par three course? That’s 13 over par for nine holes for the less than avid golfer, or in laymen’s terms “a terrible score”. I will recover, but what about the pain in life that is not physical? The type that leaves you feeling alone and isolated from everyone who loves you, the loss of a loved one, divorce, financial disaster or illness. These are the things that can take a toll on you over time.
Everyone goes through various season’s of life. Some are harder than others, but they all can serve a purpose to make us stronger and better equipped to serve others. A dear friend of mine sent me an article this morning. Below is an excerpt that was helpful to me.
“These seasons have nothing to do with what your career is, or your station in life. These are not the real issue. The real issue is abandonment and intimacy with the Father. The real issue is to go deeper. You can do that at any moment, in any career or circumstance, at any time. He's our Well, my friend. There's nowhere else to drink. Try not to curse the Well, though He will still love you if you do.”
1 Peter 1:7 “These have come so that your faith--of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire--may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”
As you walk through the difficult seasons of your life, know that God is with you. He loves and cares about each detail of your life. He will sustain you.
I have to go now, the pain is better, where’s that seven iron?