April 20, 2016 – Without a Paddle

Share Button


“Life is beautiful inside when there is stability inside.” –Unknown

     A few days before I left for our winter beach trip, I ran over my kayak paddle with my truck. It was a high quality, carbon paddle and didn’t seem to sustain any damage. After being at the beach a few days, I drug my kayak out to the ocean and shoved off into the waves. I mounded the first wave and water broke over my boat pushing me hard back toward where I started! I grabbed water on my left side with my paddle to stabilize myself but my paddle broke in half. I was left riding a wave sideways and backwards with no stability. I flipped.

      My carbon paddle was made with a gloss, shrink-wrap coating on the outside. It appeared to be in excellent working order on the surface but internally my paddle was shattered. It wasn’t until real pressure was applied that I realized just how much damage was there.

      I’ll never forget the hurt my wife and I experienced with some close family a couple of years ago. Initially we just moved on and tried to pick up where we left off. After a few weeks went by, the internal injuries we had sustained began to surface. Time and grace can heal most anything our lives face but sometimes we don’t realize just how much healing we need. We get knocked down and we jump right back up thinking we can go on like it never happened. If we don’t seek the proper healing, though, the pressures ahead may finish us off like that wave did my paddle. Stability is everything in a kayak and its everything in life, too. Are you trying to work with shattered stability?

Submitted by Zach Whitsel

Daily Reading: 2 Kings 1-3

Click the link below to share