A golfer, now into his golden years, had a lifelong ambition
to play one hole at Pebble Beach, California the way the pros
do it. The pros drive the ball out over the water onto the
green that is on a spit of land that juts out off the coast.
It was something he had tried hundreds of times without
success. His ball always fell short, into the ocean. Because
of this he never used a new all on this particular hole. He
always picked out one that had a cut or a nick.
Recently he went to Pebble Beach to try again. When he came
to the fateful hole, he
teed up an old cut ball and said a silent prayer.
Before he hit it however, a powerful voice from above said,
"WAIT...REPLACE THAT OLD BALL WITH A BRAND-NEW BALL."
He complied, with some slight misgiving, despite the fact
that the Lord seemed to be implying that He was going to let
him finally achieve his lifelong ambition.
As he stepped up to the tee once more, the voice came down
again, "WAIT...STEP BACK... TAKE A PRACTICE SWING." So he
stepped back and took a practice swing.
The voice boomed out again,
"TAKE ANOTHER PRACTICE SWING."
He did. Silence followed.
Then the voice spoke out again. "PUT BACK THE OLD BALL."