Let’s go fly a kite.  That’s what I found myself singing quietly this week as my kite soared above my head.  Yes, this past week while we were on vacation I bought a $9.00 kite at Walmart and enjoyed the carefree feeling of childhood days along the shore of Wasaga Beach in the quiet of early morning.

I was totally captivated by the tug of the wind on my kite, I would let out more line and it would keep climbing.  At times there was a lull in the wind and the kite would start to plummet down to the water only to catch another wind gust and soar right back up.  At other times it would catch a wind gust and be flying to my right and then it would catch another draft and swoop way over to the left.  (I posted a couple of pics on my facebook page for your reference).  It was this action of the kite that brought my mind to Paul’s writing to the Ephesians:

“Then we will no longer be infants (kites*), tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.” Ephesians 4:14 (* my addition)

The preceding verses talk about our maturing and unity in Christ.  In verses 4-6 it talks about one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God.  In these days when there is so much teaching available online, may I give the caution that we be anchored in solid teaching.  Don’t just listen, but test what you have heard, open your Bibles, and ask if the teaching adheres to Scripture.  This exercise will help us mature in Christ, and to be sure of what we believe.  It will help us ensure that Christ is the wind that lifts us higher.  It will help us to withstand the attacks of the Devil and be assured of the promises of God.  It will give us the strength and wisdom that we need in these days.  I know that God is doing mighty things in our lives in these days but I also know that Satan is working to wedge his way in and send us on a downward spiral.  Beware, don’t let him in.

While flying the kite I thought it would be great to be able to soar so freely above everything below.  Then I realized the limitations of the kite.   It was not really free at all, it was tied on, limited by the amount of line I let out.  It was also very dependent on the presence, strength and direction of the wind.  I no longer wanted to be like a kite, my mind immediately went to Isaiah 40:31 “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint.” 

I want to be, No I AM as the eagles; soaring above the circumstances, gliding through peaceful times yet being able to navigate through the winds and storms.  Not tethered but free to conquer new heights, explore new adventures and totally dependent upon the maker of the winds.  May you experience the truths of Ephesians 4:14 and Isaiah 40:31.

 

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