A man headed to the golf course with one goal in mind, to drive the ball out over the water into the small green on a tiny spit of land. Only the pros made that shot and he was determined to put himself in that category.
He tried the shot hundreds of times without success. His ball had always fallen short, into the water.
Because of this, he never used a new ball on this particular hole. He always picked out one that had a cut or a nick, as did many other average golfers when negotiating very challenging holes.
When he arrived at the fateful hole, he teed up an old, cut ball as usual, and said a silent prayer.
However, before he could hit the ball, a powerful voice from above seemed to be booming out from the clouds, saying: “Wait! Replace that old ball with a brand new one.”
The golfer complied, with some slight misgivings, despite the fact that this same force seemed to be implying that he was going to 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, certain now that this heavenly force was going to make his dream come true.
The voice boomed out again: “Take another practice swing.”
Dutifully, he did. He stopped expectantly and waited. A long silence followed before the voice boomed again: “Use the old ball.”