“God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).
Rev. Joel Deselm tells the following story:
It seems that Tiger Woods was invited to a convention of blind golfers. He asked the golfers how they were able to know what direction to hit the ball. One blind golfer explained that the caddy went on ahead of him with a little bell which he would ring as he stood near the pin. The blind golfer would then hit the golf ball toward the sound of the bell.
Tiger asked how well it worked, and the blind golfer said that it worked so well he’d be willing to take on Tiger Woods for a round of golf. Just to make it interesting, he was willing to bet Woods $10,000.00 that he could beat him. Tiger shrugged his shoulders and readily agreed. With the deal struck, Tiger asked the man, “So what time do we tee off?” The blind man replied. “At 11:00 sharp … tonight!”
In many ways Christians are like blind golfers. Jesus, in a sense, tells us He wants us to hit the golf balls in our life in a particular direction. Not letting us see the green, He promises to guide us with His voice. In other words, He wants us to “walk by faith and not by sight.”
Surely there have been times in our lives that seemed so dark we could not see anything—times of uncertainty, frustration, being afraid and questioning. We’ve cried out to God, not knowing which way to turn or what to do,
In our lonely hours the Lord whispers, “Fear not for I am with you. Be not dismayed” (Isaiah 41:10). “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go. I will counsel you and watch over you” (Psalm 32:8). Even though we are not able to see Him we claim His presence as we walk by faith, not by sight.
It is just as well that we cannot see what lies ahead; perhaps it would overwhelm us. God knows our breaking point more than we do, and He wants to bless us beyond measure as we walk with Him in the light of His presence (Psalm 89:15).
God is sovereign and in control of our lives. He knows what He is doing and wants us to trust Him. If we could see all the sand traps and water hazards in the future, we would become overwhelmed and give up.
We’re not talking about blind faith but assured trust. The darkness may be uncertain but the Master’s voice is unmistakable.
If you feel like you’re “golfing” in the dark or situated in a dark corner, you can relax and trust His heart. We may not see Him but He will be there, softly calling our name—going before us and gently leading us. Be assured that He knows all about you and how He will help you. Trust Him with all your heart.
It may not be for me to see
The meaning and the mystery
Of all that God has planned for me
Till “afterward”! –Anonymous