Todd Obuchowski understands the true meaning of luck. In May of 1998, the thirty-four-year-old sheet metal worker was playing golf at the Beaver Brook Golf Course in Haydenville, Massachusetts. On the fourth hole, Obuchowski hit his tee shot well over the par three green just 116 yards away.
The ball landed on the road adjacent to the green, bounced off a Toyota passing by at thirty miles per hour, skipped back over to the green, and rolled into the cup for a hole in one. Eight witnesses attested to what one seasoned golfer called, “the most bizarre thing I’ve seen somebody do on a golf course in thirty years of playing.”
The owner of the Toyota was less enthusiastic as she wanted to know who was going to pay for the $300 in damages to her car. Obuchowski recorded a single digit on that hole, but he realized it had nothing to do with his golfing skills.
Luck is an unpredictable and fickle variable of life. None of us should plan on it to improve our lives. What does work is preparation, hard work, and a faith that can carry us through whatever we have to face in this world.