Friday, April 22, 2011

Bow Draw – Kayak

This is a Kayak Turning Stroke: Even though this stroke is shown in a kayak, the concept works reasonably well for all types of paddle powered watercraft from canoes to rafts. Click on the photo to watch a video of the stroke.

Click on the picture to watch the bow draw video.

Psalm 22:27
Isaiah 45:22-25
John 4:4-32
The bow draw provides a dramatic change in direction. The turn must be initiated before performing this dynamic stroke. After using this dynamic turning stroke, it is often followed by a forward stroke to continue the momentum in the new direction. One unique advantage of using the Bow Draw offers the capacity to use the “power face” of the paddle for both the Draw and Forward strokes. This allows the paddler to quickly and forcefully move the boat in a new direction.
Psalm 22 illustrates how the Lord turns to us in loving kindness. God is the initiator of the turning or returning. Just as God approaches us in love and through the grace offered through Christ, we are called to turn to the Lord and be saved. If we turn in response to the initiative of the Lord, our turn will be dramatic and we can travel confidently to our final destination. In the story of the Samaritan Woman where Jesus teaches her (and us) about Living Water, he needs to dramatically change her attitude about life. The significant challenge for action by a conversation with Jesus at the well in John 4:16 causes her to turn dramatically from seeing living water not as something physical but something spiritual and eternal. Then when she finally turns, many others follow and a whole town is saved along with her.

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