1 Peter 5:10
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
Patrick Cantlay came back after being down four strokes Saturday night and won The Memorial golf tournament yesterday. Cantlay’s come back to win was not his biggest comeback in life. He was destined to be the next big golf superstar as he was ranked the number one amateur in the world for a record 54 straight weeks in 2011-12. He won every amateur award possible before he turned professional at the end of his sophomore year at UCLA. Cantlay immediately won in just his second event on the Web.com Tour before suffering a stress fracture in his back. After months of rehab and strengthening, Cantlay made remarkable physical progress. However, the physical pains would be replaced and exceeded by the emotion heartbreak of witnessing his best friend and caddie Chris Roth being killed in a hit and run incident in 2016.
We all will face adversities in our lives – both physical and emotional. After all, this life is the worst life the believer of Christ will have to experience. As Peter puts it in the scripture above, we all have to suffer a little while allowing God to perfect, strengthen, and get us settled before we are called up to eternal glory. Is it possible to know genuine happiness without knowing the pains of this life? Angels rejoice in heaven and know the glory of our God, yet they have never personally experienced the saving power of Jesus Christ. Therefore, the joy we will share as believer when we reach eternity will greatly exceed even that of the angels. We have lived through physical pain and emotional scars, yet through it all we have to place our trust and faith in Jesus Christ. He is the best rehab for whatever ills the world can place into our lives. It’s a process to mold us and prepare us for greater things! Trust it!