Photo taken: May 24, 2018, 1:12 P.M.
It’s been almost 2 weeks since my last post, but I can explain. Perhaps the best explanation is this image. My wife and I love to play golf together, and we look forward to many golf trips in the future. If you follow this blog you’ll know that we just returned from a trip to Canada where we toured the Rocky Mountains and saw amazing sights along the way. One of our two-night stops was at the Jasper Fairmont Lodge, in Jasper, Alberta, Canada. This photo perspective is from the first tee of the JFL Golf Course. We didn’t get to play that day, the course was having some teenage tournament, and behind us (not in the photo) were several bus loads of kids about to tackle this course.
So with that context, the reason I haven’t written in a couple of weeks is that upon our return from vacation it became apparent that if we were to go on many more vacations involving hiking, or golfing, my wife was in need of a total knee replacement. Eleven days ago, she had this surgical procedure done. We go back to the doctor tomorrow to get the staples removed. Then, in about another month or so, we’ll be back out on the golf course chasing that little white ball. As a result, I’ve been out of touch and haven’t even been at my computer much.
This morning I travelled 2,107 miles in my mind, standing once again on this first tee box, imagining what it would be like to play this course. What strikes me now, stuck me then, that I might have trouble focusing on my swing because I was so distracted by the beauty of the surrounding terrain. The blue hue of the mountains, the almost fall-look of the forrest, and the brilliant gleaming green of the fairways was a truly awesome sight. I wondered then, and I wonder now, if those kids realized how blessed they were to play in such a grand place.
As I write this, I can almost smell the cool air drifting down the fairway as the breeze quickens, the leaves rustle in nearby trees, and the branches move at the tops like soldiers saluting a passing general. On this day, just like that day in May, I’m reminded of God’s glory, and how blessed I am to know He is in sovereign control of all of life.
Thank you God for the beauty of this world, and thank you that my wife is healing well, and that soon we’ll be venturing outdoors again to experience your creation among the greens.
1 Corinthians 2:9 That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”