Chappy’s corner: Who are you going to tell?


A minister loved to golf and on Saturday he played the best 18 holes of golf in his life.  He wanted to go again, but he was scheduled to preach on Sunday.  Disgusted he drove home and then had an idea, the next morning he called his head elder and pretending to have a bad cold to the man, “I can’t do services today. I’m sick. The sermon is on the pulpit you can just read it to the folks.” The head elder told him that was fine and to just stay home and rest. After the call, the minister grabbed his golf clubs and drove to the golf course. On the way he saw dark clouds forming and he said “Oh no. God’s going to make it rain and I won’t get to play.” But it didn’t rain and so the minister started playing and once again his game was going great. He was playing one of his best games.  But by the 9th hole the clouds started to form again, once again he cried out, “Oh, God you are going to punish me for skipping church. I just know it is going to rain and I won’t finish this game.” But it didn’t rain. So he came to the 18th hole and at that moment big dark clouds began to form. Once again the preacher thought he wouldn’t finish the game, so he quickly hit his shot and amazingly the ball bounced on the green and rolled in for a hole in one. The preacher was excited and shouted “Oh, God I thought you were going to punish me, but I just sunk a hole in one. This is great!”  And at that moment a deep voice spoke from the cloud, “And who are you going to tell?”

When something good happens, we normally want to tell people.  But what do we do when bad things happen to us or others?  Having someone to talk to is a good thing? And thankfully we all have a Lord who is there to listen to us…. Even if we are upset with God, He still is willing to listen. So I encourage everyone to go to the Lord in prayer for God promises to be there. (Psalm 116:1-2   I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy.  Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!)

God not only listens, He also provides friends, family members and others to listen to us.  Whether it is good news or bad news, there is someone to listen… maybe a friend, a family member, a co worker, or maybe a chaplain or pastor… but someone we can tell.   And when the time is right maybe we can be there for them when they need someone to listen.

That’s just my thoughts from this SE corner of South Dakota!


CH (LTC) David Gunderson