I was looking through my schedule after getting home from early mass, mentioning to Judy about some of the things I needed to do. She jumped in and said, “you need to get out of the house… I’m serious, you need to get out of the house… you need to go play golf.” “Really ? I have things I need to do… I have to work on my BLOG, I have to take my walk, I have a lot of stuff to do.”
“No, it’s a beautiful day, you need to get out into the fresh air and play golf… call Brian and see if he’s available.”
Hmmmm, the world’s falling apart and I need to play golf? Who’s going to worry about our country and our church and about COVID…. I’m very important to the balance in the world….if you don’t balance the problems of the world with an equal amount of worry, the world can spin out of control…hmmmmm.
Well anyway I called Brian and we’re out on a beautiful 9 hole course… the “Academy Course of Neshanic Valley”. It was a beautiful 70 degree day…absolutely delightful. But wait, there’s more. The Lord visited me and for 7 of the 9 holes, I became a reincarnation of Arnold Palmer (or for you younger people…Tiger Woods) Let me simply say…Birdie, Bogey, Birdie, Par, Skip, Par, Par Par, Skip. Let me summarize…2 Birdies, 4 Pars, 1 Bogey, and 2 duds…for a 37. Except for a couple of lapses of concentration, it could have been a 32…par golf. Admittedly, this isn’t Augusta National, the home of the Masters…but it’s still a golf course. I was in the zone. To celebrate, Brian took me out for a beer and Chicken Wings…life just doesn’t get any better than this.
What are we to make of all this? Well, I guess one thing is “listen to your wife”…she knows when you’re going a bit “stare crazy” and need a break.
The other thing I want to say is that “the best thing” today was not the golf……it was being with a good friend, talking about the Lord, solving the “world’s problems, catching up on the latest jokes, and simply relaxing. Truly the Lord wants us to enjoy life. Sure there are problems and challenges, but the Lord is in control, and he will take care of us.
So, my advice for you is to listen to your wife (if you’re married), take a break and enjoy this great life the Lord has given us.
And remember “Trust in the Lord, do good, and he will give you the desires of your heart”. (Psalm 37)