When he was young, my son (now 23 and 6’5”) used to love flying kites. I would help him get the kite in the air, and hand it to him. He loved to feel the tug of the string as the kite pulled against him. He would wonder what the kite could see from “way up in the sky”. I would suggest that the kite might wish there was no string holding it back, so it could fly far away and see many things. The string was there to hold it back, to keep it from having fun.
One day, while on the beach with his kite over the ocean, the string snapped. The kite, instead of flying away, drifted quickly down into the water. The string was not intended to hold the kite back, but to hold it up. How easy is it for us, even as adults, to wish to live outside the constraints, the boundaries that hold us from doing what we want – what we think will make us happy. We may not view rules or guidelines we are forced to live life by as protecting us, as holding us up.
In Isaiah 58:8-9 God tells us “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
May I live my life trusting God, and those He has placed in leadership over me. Amen.
Tim Roberts – Chaplain, Signature HealthCare of Cleveland, Tennessee
PS. I have told this as a children’s story at various churches. Someone holds a kite at one side of the balcony and drops the string to someone else, who walks with it to the front of the church (keeping the string relatively tight) and across the front, so the string is diagonally across the congregation. During the story, when I cut the string the person in the balcony drops the kite (a third person catching the kite and eventually pulling the string back). The kids, as well as the congregation, love to watch the string drop on people, but it provides a good lesson in obedience as well.