As I was sitting in my room, vicariously scouring different content on the Internet (like any bored person), I happen to run upon a story about the evolution of the first golf ball, which is herald today as “the gentlemen’s game.” Reading upon the history of a golf ball helped me realize something that is very profound for all of us to learn: If you didn’t know, a man by the name of Coburn Haskell introduced the first golf ball to the world, but it was not like the golf ball that we know of today. Haskell’s golf ball was known as the one-piece rubber cored ball. It was a unique, innovative piece of sporting equipment for people to enjoy during their leisure time, but there was something interesting players discovered as they were constantly pounding the ball down the driving range: players notice that as the ball continuously became old, beat up and scarred, they just so happened to drive farther. Now this first golf ball, which was initially thought of by the great mind of Coburn Haskell, would only go so far because it was too smooth and had not gone through any testing phase, but this new, re-designed ball, which started out nicked up and bruised, went a little bit farther. The grooves, the roughs indented inside the new golf balls went a little farther than the smooth ones went; It was so evident that players began to intentionally pit the golf balls they were hitting down the driving range.
In the year of 1905, the engineers went back in the lab and created, to what we know as of today, the golf ball with dimples. Golf ball manufacturer, William Taylor, became the first person to add the dimple pattern to a golf ball. The golf ball had now taken on its modern-day form.
How the golf ball relates to God
After that brief history lesson I just illustrated to you, I want you to realize how the evolution of the golf ball and God compare. In life, Christian or not, we have many trials and tribulations that we may go through. It’s a given, we all go through them; hey, it’s life. If you’re anything like me, sometimes you look up to the heavens and just ask God “why”? I can definitely admit to it. Well, ladies and gentlemen, I didn’t just write this post to narrate about the captivating evolution of the golf ball. I wrote this blog post to tell you, that just like the golf ball, we’ve been too smooth, and we’re not going as far as God needs us to go. I learned that God allows us to go through the rough stages of transformation – just like the first golf ball- not so that he can hurt us, but that he can re-designed us, put more dimples on us, so that we can go further and fulfill his purpose for us in life. Every tribulation, every trial, every pain, and every hurt we go through is allowed by God to put more metaphorical dimples on us, so that we can go the distance. Remember, the birth of the first golf ball was a great invention, but initially, the game did not utilize its full potential; it just needed a couple rough patches, in the process, for it to maximize its full potential and go further. The invention and re-creation of the golf ball taught me this: without struggle, there is no progress. This doesn’t only have to apply to your spiritual life, but all facets of life. I’ve come to realize that we all have greatness stored inside of us; we just need a little push to bring it out. It’s just like the golf ball.
This blog post was inspired by a message I heard by speaker and author, Eric Thomas.
Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which (The Lord) has promised to those who love him.