Recently, I had the opportunity to fly on one of those really cool little turbo jets; you know, the ones that fly low and slow so you can get a better view of the terrain. Of course, the interior is cramped with two scaled down seats on each side of the aisle. Relating in some way to the person adjacent to you is inevitable.

Having the window seat on the right and feeling very blessed that day, I was ready and waiting to share my faith with whomever God would seat next to me. I man showed up, had a pleasant expression, and belted himself in. We took off! Wheeee…..and he proceeded to retrieve a small book out of his case. While I enjoyed the view, I did notice that he was reading a few lines, closing the book, looking up, and repeating the process. What was he studying? Now my curiosity got the best of me and I strained with my not so good vision on the left to see to cover. Even with a napkin next to the book, I determined that the title of the book was Rules of God. Rules of God? What was that about? Was this man a pastor, an elder? What church? Hmmm. Oh good, here’s my chance!

When the beverage service came, he handed over to me the peanuts and my cup of tea. I said, “Thank you.” and waited about 30 seconds for my overture. “That little book you’re reading intrigues me. What’s it about?” He lit up and enthusiastically held up his book so I could get the full view. I then could clearly read the title, Rules of Golf!

For the remainder of the flight, this professional golfer explained to me with numerous diagrams and photos a variety of obscure rules that especially apply to the St. Andrews course in Scotland. How educational for me!

I guess I could’ve interjected, “Do you pray before you putt?’ but the flaps were down and our plane was landing. When on my own again in the terminal, I could not stop laughing!

There’ll be other chances so let’s be ready!

In Christ always,

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 1 Peter 3:15 NIV

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