I am in humble Gratitude to God every day, but especially when He is with me on the water. You see, in 2005 while my mother was lying in a hospital bed nearing the end of her life here, my husband at the time had just left us and I was sitting on the edge of the Columbia River with my two young sons in Richland watching & listening to the jet skis – my heart in total despair, crying and wondering if I’d ever get to actually play on the water like that again…
I so wanted to be able to do the thing I loved most to do and had done 14 years prior – Jet Ski! Though I had the funds many times previously to purchase a ski, I had patiently waited so that I could enjoy the time with my sons rather than leave them on the shore watching. Yet as my life seemingly took a turn for the worse – I could not help watching the 550 SX’s and sobbing to the Lord.
Through months of many changes, I waited, and cried to the Lord. Then in 2009 – God Blessed me beyond measure and it was time! It took me awhile to find the exact ski that I had always wanted: 1992 550 SX with the Reed Motor – stock ski. A few short months later – I found the Yamaha WaveBlaster II for my sons to ride — and we were ON THE WATER by August 2009.
I can honestly tell you that my first time out on my Jet Ski on Lake Tapps – I cried, and cried all the way across the lake! I could not thank God enough! Two Eagles came and flew with me (this has happened several times now in various places – including where these photos were taken) for about a mile or so. I believe that it was God’s way of saying, “I Love You” and letting me know that my Mom & Dad were near and watching over me smiling.
Yesterday, I was again blessed to be out on the water with my sons on Lake Tapps. I cannot ride my ski without praising and thanking God – and yes, crying each time. Tears of Joy, rejoicing in the goodness of God’s Love – it is my ‘church’ – I see Him and hear Him very clearly each time I am out on the water.
Today, I encourage you — HOLD ON TO YOUR DREAMS — through your tears and trials — BELIEVE! He wants the best for you – and He will give it to you when the time is right. This dream fulfilled means MORE to me being able to do it all WITH my sons than it ever would have meant being able to do it alone. God’s timing really is PERFECT!
If you happen to see me out on the water — know that my spirit and soul are dancing for joy each and EVERY time!