Ever been to the lake before? 
Ever tried to ski, wake board, skurf, or slalom?
Remember the first time you were behind the boat?

No concept.
No reference.
You just saw you friends do it, and it looked like it was easy.

You jump in the water.
Grab the rope.
Wait for the driver to hit the gas.
And all of the sudden from the back of the boat one of your friends yells, "Just let the boat pull you up?"

You think to yourself, "just let the boat pull you up??  what in the world?"

Then all of the sudden the boat roars to life, and you do a face plant in the middle of the lake sucking up all the water you can in 30 seconds.

"Let the boat pull you up???"  you think. 
"NO MORE ADVICE?" you yell.

Oh, I've taken so many teenagers out on the lake.  The story is always the same.  For the first timers, they struggle to get up on a wake board.  The kids in the boat yell, "Let the boat pull you up." There are funny looks exchanged, and then they drink the lake.  It's hilarious!!!

But if you think about it, "Let the boat pull you up" doesn't really make a whole lot of sense. 

You want to stand up on your own.
You're natural reaction is to pull yourself up with your arms.

But as soon as you do….Get ready to take a drink.

I think this is how the Kingdom of God works itself out.  Teachings like "Love your neighbor," or "Do good to those who harm you," or "Bless those who persecute you,"  They're all counter intuitive.  Your natural self doesn't want to allow God's Kingdom to play out in real every day life. 

But maybe, we just need to "let the boat pull us up" and continue allowing God's spirit to transform us from the inside out.

When you feel anger coming on, pray "God change me."
When you sense revenge in the pit of your soul "Spirit take over."
When you feel lust clouding up around you "Jesus come and take these thoughts away."

Just let the 'boat pull you up.'

And as you get ready to participate in the Kingdom here on can  earth, maybe just letting the spirit lead you is the answer. 

What do you think?


  1. Awesome metaphor! I hope my son Cody is one
    of the “drinkers of the lake” this week, and that he surrenders to letting the boat pull him up! thanks Andy!

  2. So true and yet Satan (using pride) does his best every day to make us forget this. I hope all is well Andy. God Bless.

  3. Hi Andy
    It is all about surrender and we keep seeing that over and over in people searching for God at any age. Thanks for the loving reminder. Keep on doing what you do better than anyone.
    In Christ,

  4. Andy…what a perfect post…comparing learning to ski with learning what it looks like to surrender to the journey with God. Yes…it is very counter intuitive..
    …and that’s exactly why it’s so like God. His ways are higher than ours.
    Thanks for sharing and for living your life out loud – in Christ. šŸ™‚
    Christi J., the soldier’s wife…

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