The Point: Bertish’s Voyage

He didn’t want a bigger boat. For the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

Three months ago, on December 6th, surfer Chris Bertish cast off from Morocco in a twenty-foot paddleboard equipped with GPS, satellite radio, weather forecasting equipment, and a whole lot of dried food.

And on Tuesday, he arrived in the island of Antigua in the West Indies, more than 4,050 nautical miles from where he started—the first person in history to make a solo trans-Atlantic journey on a stand-up paddleboard.

Why did he do it? Well, he raised half a million dollars to educate and feed children in Africa, as well as pay for cleft palette surgeries.

But I think there’s something else behind this too, which also explains why people climb Mount Everest, why the Wright Brothers built the first airplane, and why we sent astronauts to the moon.

Humans are God’s image-bearing vice-regents. We’re charged to subdue creation and have dominion over the earth. When we do what seems impossible, we’re expressing that image. It’s what makes that God-given drive in us so obvious, even if what we’re trying to do just seems a little bit crazy.

 

Resources

A Paddleboard
  • Colin Dwyer
  • NPR.org
  • March 9, 2017

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