We are so honored to have Kristi Overton Johnson as a guest blogger this week! Kristi is the former world record holder in women’s slalom and founder of In His Wakes, a water sports ministry.
Once when I was driving the boat for a group of young girls, I was given clear instructions from one tube rider, “No bumps, Miss Kristi!”
I smiled at her and replied, “I can’t promise you that, sweetie. But I can promise you this…I know how to get you over those bumps.”
As I looked around at the other boats on the lake and the wind, I knew bumps were inevitable. There was no way around it: bumps were going to be part of her water sports experience.
As I thought about her command, I began to chuckle. Isn’t this statement the desire of our hearts? Don’t we often wake up and head out on the waters of life and say, “No Bumps, God.” Our flesh wants smooth waters, no obstacles, and no challenges.
I think God’s response to our command is similar to my response to the young girl on the tube. With a smile on His face and love in His heart, I believe God looks at us and says, “I can’t promise you calm water, My child. But I can promise you that I know how to get you safely over every bump you encounter.”
Yes, there will be bumps along your journey of life. “In this world, there will be trials and tribulations.” (John 16:33) But be encouraged. God has already overcome those bumps. He will help you pass through the deepest and most turbulent waters in life; and those bumpy waves will never overtake you. (Isaiah 43:2)
Friend, God as your Power Source will plow through every wave, creating a path of victory for you (Jeremiah 29:11). Just as I knew the path and the speed to take for this young girl to have a safe and victorious ride over the bumps, God knows the way for you too. He will uphold you with His righteous right hand and help you in your time of need.
As long as you are in the safety of His wakes, focused on Him, and standing on His promises, there are no waves in life that can knock you down (Matthew 7:24).
Don’t let the bumps of life steal your joy and your peace. And please, for goodness sakes, don’t let those bumps keep you on the dock! Trust the Lord and step out onto the waters with Him. He is a Power Source Who will never fail you!
To learn more about Kristi Overton Johnson and her story click here.