After spending 3 seasons as an assistant golf professional and another 10 coaching high school boys and girls, I’ve seen my share of bad golf swings. While many were beyond help, I did have a few success stories. The most recent involved a player who had a decent short game, but their swing produced a slice like an out of control boomerang. Observing from behind the range, I discovered a major glitch. With one slight adjustment, this senior went from struggling to break 60 consistently for 9 holes to shooting 94 for 18 in his last conference tournament.
The other day, I left my house without my Bible and journal before leaving for work. My daily routine involves getting to work 30 minutes early, listening to music, read and journal my prayers and thoughts before each shift. Unprepared, I had to wing it, quietly preparing myself for another 40 hour week. Since I was running late, I only had a few minutes before exiting my car. Void of any earth shattering content, I yielded my future over to the Lord, placing it solely in His hands. Twenty minutes later I was called back to my seasonal management position leading me to ponder, “is that all I needed? Is this what God was waiting for me to do?”
Whether you’re trying to improve your golf game or follow God, sometimes the slightest adjustment produces amazing results. Perhaps, this was the message Moses was trying to relay to Israel before his retirement, Deuteronomy 28:1-14. Either way, the next time you experience periods of inconsistency, invite the Lord to become your Rock during the trying times in life, Psalm 28:1-2.
by Jay Mankus