West of Scotland Golfers Alliance (The Carrick) – 22/3/2016
It has been quite a challenging week for me both on the course and off it and the journey to The Carrick was no different. I had decided to go the more direct route through Glasgow as opposed to the longer motorway trek and quickly realized I had made the wrong choice. Before I knew it there were road works, diversions, roads closed and probably the worst gridlock I have ever seen at the Hardgate roundabout near Clydebank. There is nothing worse than looking at the clock realizing your tee time is getting closer and witnessing traffic lights changing from red to green to red again with maybe one car getting through at a time. I was however quite pleased that I remained fairly calm despite the situation and had a chuckle to myself of how I would have reacted had this situation been 5 years ago- not well!
I made it with 15 minutes to spare. All was well.
The weather north of the border has started to warm up slightly over the past week and we just about hit double figures with a very pleasant day on the shores of Loch Lomond. It felt a bit strange playing without a jacket on, but for us Scots that means summer is on its way. Just depends when it finally decides to arrive this year. My playing partners were two senior gentlemen from East Kilbride called Neil and Gordon. Both of them normally play with each other in the Alliance matches with one of their other friends but he could not make it. Margaret decided to slot me in with them as they were the final group and this gave me a bit more time to get myself sorted before teeing off.
As we walked up the first hole both Neil and Gordon asked me about my various work commitments as I briefly mentioned it on the 1st tee before we started, and this gave me a chance to go into a bit more detail about everything including the ministry. To be honest it took about 3 or 4 holes in between shots to give them the whole story and I wasn’t sure how much actually registered with them as nothing was really mentioned again from that point on. I’m not sure whether it was a combination of too much info or the fact they were struggling with their golf but I felt a bit disappointed that seemed to be it. Neil had asked me to help him with a part of his game that he was struggling with and I managed to give him a fix that worked the rest of the way round so he seemed pleased with that, but Gordon said very little for most of the back 9. In fairness, he really did not have a good day with his golf and I can understand the frustration that comes with that when not much is going your way.
When we finished, the guys said they had to shoot off to get home before the traffic got worse so I said my goodbyes and wished them well. As I sat and reflected on the experience I kept coming back to the basic truth that nobody really knows what anyone else is thinking or what a person may take from a conversation. Most things in life do not really go the way we think they are going to go and as long as we keep ourselves right and do things in the right way we need to leave the rest to God. We need to trust that nothing for God is wasted.
Please pray for further openings and the consolidation of new acquaintances in the coming weeks.
In his service,
Vincent Brown, Logos Golf Ministries Ambassador on the Professional Tour in Scotland