It's powerful to put something in writing. Tuesday after blogging about my need for an oar, I began a search. I eventually ended up at Kayak Connection on the harbor, where I learned a valuable truth: I have much to learn. There are levels to my igorance and it runs deep. I knew I was in trouble when the salesperson had to tell me I was looking for a paddle, not an oar. Oops.
Question #2: "What kind of kayak do you have? "
"Uhhh. The free kind?" Not helpful. So I showed her a picture. "What do you think?" I asked. I wondered what she would recommend for a paddle. Her advice was much broader.
"I think you shouldn't be out on the ocean by yourself in that kayak."
She invited me to show the owner my kayak picture to get his advice and he agreed. "Do you know how to get back in it by yourself in open water? Do you know how to pump out water after it overturns?"
No. And, no.
So an oar, er, paddle is not my problem. I need some instruction. Fortunately I was in the right place and there's a class this Sunday. I signed up immediately. Had I received a paddle with my kayak I would have attempted to
go out by myself. Could have been ugly.
What seemed like an inconvenience turned out to be the path to something I didn't know I needed. God often seems to work like that. Paths that feel out of the way morph into the beginning of a new journey.
Which is why I need some time to sit and listen and the freedom to explore. Because if I get too focused on the goal and avoid a divine "distraction" because I'm in too big a hurry, I'll soon be alone out in the middle of the bay
next to my overturned kayak without the skill to get back in.
As I walked out of the kayak store I was overwhelmed with gratitude. On so many levels God is leading me and caring for me. Not only am I going to get some much needed instruction and four hours on the ocean, I'm going to be in a class of others who are learning this as well. This is what I dreamed of doing when I moved here. Connecting to locals through recreational activities. Engaging culture and enjoying God.
I am finally getting out of the harbor! Now if I can just find a sale on the cute life vest I want.
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