God knows what you need

God has a plan, and you can know it if you stop and listen. Photo: Mon Cheri Cupcake (Flickr)

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2013 — It’s amazing to think that God, the creator of the Universe, the One keeping the whole world in motion, cares about the personal details of our lives ― the big and the small. To think He has the time, or even takes the time to look down from Heaven and send us little messages to remind us that He sees us, loves us, and cares for us individually is mind boggling.

But He does. And I’ve seen it happen time and time again.

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This week at one of our In His Wakes events, I was reminded of this truth as God used a dear friend and ministry partner, Miss Jan, to send a message of love to our event participants, in particular, to a 15 year old girl named Brianna. When Miss Jan went to bed the night before, she had no idea she was going to be the carrier of this message. But the Lord had plans to use Miss Jan and praise God, when He invited her to partner with Him on this special mission, she obeyed ― even though the invitation came at 3 a.m.!

Miss Jan was sleeping like a baby when the Lord woke her up in the wee hours of the morning telling her to get up and make a birthday cake and cupcakes for the In His Wakes event that was being held that morning a couple of hours away from her home. Although she didn’t know why she was baking this cake or who it was for, she knew enough about the ways of the Lord to be obedient. So, at 3 a.m., Miss Jan rolled out of bed, walked into the kitchen and started baking. Hours later, she arrived “wide-eyed and bushy tailed” (as we say in the south), looking a bit like Little Red Riding Hood with her braids and basket of 75 cupcakes of three assorted flavors.

It didn’t take long for Miss Jan to realize why the Lord had gotten her up that morning to bake. Within moments of arriving on site, she was introduced to Brianna, a shy, 15 year old African American girl. It “just so happened” to be Brianna’s birthday. Miss Jan knew immediately that the cake and goodies the Lord had instructed her to bake was to celebrate this young lady’s special day.

During lunch, our team, participants, and volunteers celebrated with Brianna, devouring all the sugar our bodies could handle. After we had eaten, Miss Jan shared three things the Lord had instructed her to say, and I quote:

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  1. “God don’t make NO junk!”
  2. “God don’t make NO mistakes!”, and
  3. “God has a plan!”

You should have heard the kids yelling these three truths back to Miss Jan! As these words echoed across the lake and bounced back under the pavilion where we stood, they penetrated our hearts. In fact, I heard my dad and my daughter sharing these truths with others days later, long after Miss Jan had left the premises.

Do you know these truths? Have they penetrated your heart? Do you know without a doubt that you are special and that “God don’t make NO junk”? Do you know “God don’t make NO mistakes”? Do you know He has an incredible plan for your life (Jeremiah 29:11) and regardless of what you’ve been through or where you find yourself right now, God can make a way and work ALL THINGS out for good (Romans 8:28)?

Have you ever grasped the amazing truth that God cares about YOU, little ole’ YOU, and every detail of your life ― even something as simple as a birthday? He cares about everything! That’s why He says, be anxious over nothing, but pray about everything (Philippians 4:6-8).

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Years ago as I was driving down the road in Florida, God put on my heart the idea to purchase a handicap toilet for a friend in North Carolina who had just gone through hip surgery. When I called my friend and awkwardly shared this news (how do you gracefully say, “Hey, can I buy you a toilet?”) she cried out in tears, “Oh Kristi. I haven’t told anyone but the Lord about my need for a toilet and He answered my prayers.”

I’ve seen Him provide toilets, homes, jobs, doctors, schools, children, spouses, friends, money, first class air plane tickets to Australia for an injured friend, and now birthday cakes. Why? Because God knows what we need to meet both our tangible needs and encourage our hearts.

I believe with all my heart that Brianna needed to know that someone cared about the fact that it was her birthday, the fact that she existed. I couldn’t help but think about the truth that Miss Jan’s cake was most likely the only cake and celebration she would receive that day, or perhaps has ever received. We’ve met many children at our events who have never had a birthday cake. Brianna was a different child when she left our event with a box full of goodies. She was smiling from ear to ear not because she had eaten some cake, but because she knew without a doubt that her life meant something to God and to others.

My friend, nothing is too small for God. I am not advocating going to God to “get”, but I do promise you this; as you delight yourself in the Lord, He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalms 37:4). It is His joy and His greatest pleasure. Seeing you smile brings a smile to His face.

One last thing to think about, if Miss Jan hadn’t risen up out of her comfort zone and answered the invitation God issued her that morning, Brianna’s day may have been a bit different. Don’t discount those crazy ideas that pop in your heart at crazy times of the day for God just might be getting ready to be use you in a most special way. You won’t want to miss it!

“I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!” Isaiah 65:24

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Kristi Overton-Johnson


As a professional water skier for over 20 years and the World Record Holder in women’s slalom from 1992-2010, Kristi Overton Johnson has taken to the waters of the world with passion and perseverance. Kristi began her waterskiing career at the age of 4 and turned professional at 13. For 15 years, Kristi dominated women’s slalom, accumulating 80 professional wins and capturing more number one world rankings than any other female skier in history.
Before retiring from professional sports, Kristi founded a non-profit water sports ministry In His Wakes. Since its inception, In His Wakes has touched the lives of over 10,000 at-risk youth across the nation and internationally. This unique ministry brings hope, healing and encouragement through the avenue of water sports and through the message of God's love.
For years, Kristi has travelled nationally and internationally as a faith-based motivational speaker encouraging people through her life experiences as an athlete, wife, mother and ministry leader. Kristi also ministers through song and through her gift as a writer. In Running the Course, her first book, she wrote about her experiences as a top professional athlete and how through faith she found purpose for her life. 
Although Kristi is committed to helping others achieve their God-given destinies, she realizes that her first priority is her family. Kristi has been married to best friend Tim Johnson since 1994. Tim and Kristi have three children, the youngest of which were both adopted from Russia in 2004. They reside in North Florida where they raise their family and serve their community through Kristi Overton Johnson Ministries

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