Who’s Your Caddy?

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters.

Psalm 23:1-2

 

To the casual observer, a golfer’s caddy may appear to be simply a person who carries the golfer’s golf clubs, holds their umbrella, and cleans their golf clubs.  But a good caddy is so much more.

A good caddy will know where every trap and hazard is on the golf course.  He will know what the yardage is from the tee box to the trap down the left side of the fairway.  A good caddy will know from the pin placement on the green whether the golfer can aim for the flag, hit it short so it will roll down to the pin, or hit in on the right side because the slope will allow the ball to roll towards the hole.  He will know which way the green slopes so the golfer can putt the ball and allow for the break to the hole.

But regardless of how good the caddy is, the golfer still has to go out on the course and swing the golf club.  The ball won’t go by itself.  When the golfer hits the ball following the guidance of the caddy, things usually work.  But when the golfer doesn’t trust what the caddy has told him about the distance, the location of the traps, or the slope of the green, no matter how hard the golfer tries, he will usually find himself in trouble.

We have the best “caddy” in the game of life that anyone could ever want.  He knows where all of the hazards are.  He knows which side of life to stay on. He knows what we need to do to get out of any trap we get ourselves into.  Who is this caddy?  The Holy Spirit!

But just like that golfer, we have to act.  We have to “swing the club” of life and do what we have been chosen and gifted to do.  It’s up to each of us to “get in the game.” And we have a choice.  We can either follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit or we can do it our way.  We can “stay in the fairways” and “land on the greens,” or we can end up “in the traps” and “out of bounds.”  Or worse yet, “in the water.”

But the Great Shepherd will lead us down the right path.  He keeps us in the green grass of the fairways of life. And He will lead us by and over the still waters without letting us fall into the raging waters.  But we have to follow His guidance and stop trying to do it our own way, or with the enemy’s influence on our lives. 

So, who’s your caddy going to be?

Charles A Kalkomey