The Bump, the Ditch, and the Cliff

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

bump ditch cliff1This morning I was talking to God about finishing this blog. I love the title. It gives us a visual about the difficulties we face in life. Bumps can be a bad cold, an unpaid bill, or an argument with a spouse or in my case not booking a tour at work. Ditches, of course seem more serious and the cliff, well no one wants to go off a cliff. I will leave the specifics to your imagination. One thing I know for sure is that when we face a bump in the road, God will help us over it and back to the smooth road again. If we are in a ditch, He will help us out, and should we fall from a cliff, He will catch us and set us back on solid ground.

As I listened in my spirit for what He would say to us about daring to be happy, about bumps, ditches, and cliffs, and about John 16:33, this is what I believe He said. Of course, you will realize that some of this sounds like me, but I believe that His Voice of Truth is in what I heard. There is great joy in conversing with Him and learning to hear His voice. As you read, I know you will be able to discern exactly what He is saying to you and leave everything else for another reader.

bump ditch cliff2“This is what I am saying to you so you will dare to be happy. In your life, you will face bumps, ditches, and perhaps a cliff or two; but go ahead be happy because I have all of the wisdom, the answers, and victories that you need. I’ve already taken care of everything. Stay in Me and be of good cheer because you trust me; I will see you through every thing you face. In fact, I will not only see you through each one, I will bring you through stronger, better, wiser and closer to Me.

bump ditch cliff3Each day in your life, keep your eyes on Me. You don’t even have to look at the bump, the ditch, or even the cliff. Just look at Me. you can picture Me taking care of it. You can picture how you will feel when it is resolved. Think about having the money you need and more. Think about having the relationship you desire. Think about having a closer relationship with Me. Think about when your children have returned to Me and are serving me wholeheartedly. Think about health fully returning to you. Think about being the bold and confident person that you are. Think about the ministry that you desire. Think about Me and how much I love you.

Yes, go ahead and dare to be happy today. You have everything you need to be happy because I have taken care of everything. I did that so you would be free to enjoy Me and have fellowship with Me and have freedom to build relationships with other people. That is what I really care about.

It is the enemy of your soul that throws these things in your way. I wouldn’t do that to you, but when he does this I laugh because I take every bump, every ditch and every cliff and use it for your good. He tries to slow you down with a bump. He puts pressure on you and tries to push you into a ditch, or he may try to lead you to a cliff and urge you to keep walking, but My greatest joy is to take the things he has put in your way and turn them into the very things that make you strong. These are the very things that will enable you to help others and bring glory to my name. These are your greatest treasures. They will open the door to all that I truly want to give to you. That is why I laugh so heartily at the enemy, and you should, too.

For the trying of your faith worketh patience. Let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. James 1:3,4

laughing JesusSo let’s face the day together. You relax and have fun with me, laugh with me and watch how I deliver you. See how I help you over the bump, pull you out of the ditch, and catch you if you should fall from the cliff. When you live your life like this, it may seem as if you don’t even have the problems and challenges that others do. With your focus on Me, you will go over the bumps so easily, you hardly know you went over it. You are out of the ditch so quickly, you barely even knew you were there. And the cliff? You didn’t know you were falling until I caught you. Be of good cheer, dare to be happy, because I have overcome the world.”

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  1. I believe that if we trust in the Higher Power, we are guided to make the right decisions. We should all Dare to be Happy! This is truly another inspired piece of writing, Sharon. Thank you for sharing.

  2. “These are your greatest treasures.” Wow. Thinking about bumps, ditches, and cliffs in this way really will transform my days. I’m going to start using the word “treasures” instead of …. well, those grumbly words I sometimes use!

    1. Hi, Elaine. I’m learning to be thankful for these treasures myself. Thanks for coming by. I will “see” you in class. I’m submitting this for my “dangerous assignment” in Tribewriters 2.3.

  3. The scripture rings true ” in the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” my word for this morning, so thank you for the ‘bumps, ditches and oh yeah the cliffs….good reading!

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