• Ashley

Little Things that Matter to a Big God

Updated: Oct 6, 2020

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When our oldest son, Spock, was six he received a gift from his great grandma (who we call “MawMaw”). A master of garage sales, she found and gave Spock a child’s golf set. We are not golfers, but he enjoyed putting around the yard.

We lost the set during our move to Michigan. Spock would periodically ask about it but, this spring, his questions increased dramatically.

“Honestly, Bud, I have no idea. I looked in the basement with the things that I (still) haven’t sorted through from the move. Maybe it’s in the garage somewhere with Dad’s stuff.” It wasn’t. The truth was, even if the set did make a reappearance, Spock was too tall for it anyway.

The warmer days signaled the start of garage sale season. My parents were in town for a  weekend visit which was also the annual neighborhood sale. Wallets in hand, we set out on our bikes to explore. Sitting in a box in a stranger’s driveway was a child’s golf bag and set of clubs. Spock looked like a pirate who had stumbled upon a long lost treasure.

“Mom, it’s $5 and I’ll use my own money to buy it!”

I must stop at this point to address those of you who golf. Just forgiveness my ignorance of the sport. My experience with a club is confined to a mini-golf course.

I carefully looked at the like-new set, I decided to barter. $5 is a lot for a kid and, for all we knew, maybe it wasn’t a quality set. Besides, how expensive could a set be new? (I heard your gasp, Golfer.) The seller would not budge on the price, but Spock didn’t mind parting with his money. We came to appreciate the price when research revealed that the set was over $100 new!

That night my parents gifted Eric and me with a dinner date out. We were leaving the restaurant when we saw Spock’s basketball coach and family. His wife had once told me that Coach loved golf.  I asked if they could direct us with where to go to get Spock started with the sport.

His wife pulled up an email on her phone and said, “I received an email a few hours ago about instructional courses that are beginning in two weeks with the Junior Golf Association!”

We looked up the information. It was an affordable seven week course and he would need his own set.

“Babe, we don’t even know if this set is the right size,” I confided to Eric. But the box the set came in had a scale and, wouldn’t you know it, it was perfect. Over the summer Spock discovered a love for golf.  From the first lesson, he displayed a confidence and ease that we had never witnessed in him before while playing sports.

There is a verse in the Bible that says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (James 1:7). God knew how much Spock wanted to play and worked out all the details. His timing was impeccable! We were able to marvel with Spock over the evidence of God’s love for him! I can’t help but wonder how He might use this in Spock’s life down the road. It is amazing that even the little things, like a set of golf clubs, matter Him!

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