So being the lover of golf that I am, on Sunday, September 28, 2014, I was up by 4 a.m. and in front of the TV watching the Ryder Cup and praying that the US could overcome a 10-6 deficit by having a miraculous comeback in the singles on foreign soil.
It wasn’t unheard of. The Europeans had accomplished such a feat just two years earlier on American soil.
I had texted my friends informing them that they probably wouldn’t see me at the early church service as I would be glued to the TV watching the contest to the bitter end. (Obviously, I had my priorities.)
Well, by 7:30 in the morning, it was apparent the miracle was not going to occur. By 8:15 Europe had won the final point they needed to retain the Cup. Though there were matches still being played that would carry on till 10 a.m. or longer, I didn’t see any need to hang around. I could now make the early service.
When I entered the foyer to the sanctuary, I noticed an inordinate number of people clustered around the back of the sanctuary by the sound booth. There was also an unusual hush. Normally, the place was bustling with greetings and laughter. Not today. I soon learned why. A long time church and choir member had gone down suddenly. CPR was being administered and the choir was leading all those close by in prayer. A few moments later first responders came to whisk her away to the hospital. I just watched. A third of the way into the service, word came that she had passed away. I sat in my seat caught in my world of messed up priorities.
An hour ago, I had been listening to golf commentators describing a certain shot or match scenario as “do or die.” Not even close. Suddenly, the immediacy or one’s death again became a reality, and the importance of each person knowing God’s love and saving grace was magnified to the importance it should have always had. Golf is a game. Death is the doorway to meeting God face to face, whether to be embraced as an adopted son or daughter or to be sentenced to an eternity in hell for rejecting God’s gift.
Perspective… God’s perspective.
First published March 18, 2015