“Kites”

Long before such modern inventions such as the airplane and the drone, the best and cheapest heavier-than-air crafts must have been kites.  Very probably ancient people saw birds and perhaps leaves or other objects soaring and floating in the air and wished for the same type of freedom.  Kites are able to defy gravity by having surfaces that “react against the air to create lift and drag.”  Obviously it is more complex than that, and if one has the gift of an engineer’s mind, one can explain the geometrics of a kite in detail.  Most need a bridle and a tail to guide the face of the kite so that the wind can lift it.  There are a huge variety of shapes, sizes and color of kites including: Box, Triangle, Diamond, Butterfly, Dragon, and many other configurations.  The one constant in nearly all kites is a tether in the form of a rope, chain or string which keep them under the control of the operator.

In some ways God created humans to be like kites.  We all seem to have the inborn desire to soar and be free from the constraints of this earthly condition.  We want the freedom to explore new horizons and leave behind the restrictions and responsibilities of this mundane existence for at least a little while.  Several songs have been written expressing this feeling. “Come fly with me,” “You are the wind beneath my wings,” “You raise me up,” are a few.

But ultimately a kite and a human need that tether or they will fly off to their own destruction (Ps 119:133) (Jer 10:23).  My limited experiences at flying a kite often resulted in the wind whipping it in circles until it crashed.  If humans allow God to exert the proper amount of control and pressure to our tether this won’t happen to our lives.  We have a conscience (Rom 9:1) the example of Christ (Jo 13:15) (1 Cor 11:1), the indwelling Holy Spirit (Eph 3:16), and the inspired scriptures (2 Tim 3:15) (Acts 17:11) as tethers to keep us from crashing and burning. God will only allow this if we refuse to love the truth and believe a lie and follow after a strong delusion (2 Th 2:10-11). Christians can enjoy the freedom we have in Christ (2 Cor 3:17) (Jas 1:25) (Gal 5:1) to soar like a kite yet know that He cares enough to gently bring us down safely.

                                                               –Jim Bailey