Saturday, February 26, 2011

Go Fly a Kite!

I got a call from the school principal yesterday.  She wants me to come help the kids make kites the week before Spring Break.  I have already cut the wings for them to assemble.  It will be harrowing.  Mostly they won't listen to what I say.  Measuring and taping should be precise and accurate.  With kids it rarely is.  But in spite of the messy work, the little kites will perform like a trooper. 

Sometimes life is like that.  All the pieces don't quite fit.  Sometimes you have to make adjustments and do the best you can.  But just when you thought you couldn't get everything to act right, there comes a perfect wind and the kite rises on power you didn't know it had, the tail flutters in graceful arcs, and you feel the pull in your hands and your heart soars.

In the air you can't see the mistakes, or maybe they bring their own beauty.  Instability may cause the kite to dip and soar and rise to rhythms you can't control.  It is very exciting to see. 

Remember that your life is like the kite:  It is dependent on the connection to the one in control, the string, remaining taut.  It must face the wind like your life must face the contrary forces against it.  And like the kite, you rise higher when the contrary wind is strongest.   

Very often people say the wind is what makes the kite fly.  But it doesn't do it alone.  The string is the other factor that gives the kite its flying ability.  It is the string that holds it anchored with the wind in its face.  Without the string the kite tumbles into a tree or a fence.  The string, the connection to the flyer, also makes the kite fly.

Remember, you are a kite and God is holding the string.  Make sure of your connection and never fear the contrary wind--and soar.

1 comment:

Baglady said...

I love the analogy. And the way our flaws are invisible and unimportant from that far away. Lovely.