To Anyone Who Has Ever Been Disappointed,
Can you imagine finally making it to the major leagues and then tying a Major League Baseball record in only your second game? Eleven years ago Chase Wright, a rookie pitcher for the New York Yankees, did just that...but he must have wished that he never had.
On April 22, 2007, Wright gave up a record four consecutive home runs to the Boston Red Sox, allowing us to sweep our arch-rivals in our first meeting of the season. That tied the record previously held by Paul Foytack, who had given up four consecutive home runs back on July 31, 1963.
Yankees manager Joe Torre dealt gently with Wright, saying, “It happened quickly. It’s just another piece of experience for that kid. It has nothing to do with what he’s going to be or what’s going to happen in the future. I still think he’s going to be special. He’s a pretty tough kid.”
Comforting as those words must have been, Wright was probably helped even more by a letter he received a couple days later from Paul Foytack, his predecessor in baseball infamy. “He’s kind of young to be going through that,” Foytack noted. “Hopefully, he’ll take it to heart.”
Paul Foytack, the only other person on the planet who knew exactly how Chase Wright felt, reached out to him with the very words of encouragement that he desperately needed.
If you’ve lived long enough, chances are that you’ve been through some significant disappointment in life. If so, don’t waste it. Let God use your experience to extend empathy to the very people who need it the most. That’s how the Apostle Paul determined to make use of his many sufferings. He wrote, “He [God] 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. We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us.” (II Corinthians 1: 4-7, New Living Translation)*
Next time you’ve gone through hard times, determine to salvage it all by comforting someone else who is struggling with similar difficulties. It’ll do them a world of good, and you’ll feel wonderful about knocking one out of the park, as well.
Yours in the God of All Comfort,
(Rev.) Peter A. Brown
*Devotional thought and application by Mitchell Dillon at https://illustrationexchange.com/illustrations?category=328&search=