I saw a kite flying today. It dawned on me that it had been a really long time since I had seen one. Do people not fly them anymore? Is it because I live in the inner city where everything is sort of on top of everything else and there’s no room? I used to love flying kites when I was little. Mine was blue and red. I probably wasn’t that great a kite-flyer because mine crashed a lot. But I still loved it. I loved running along on a windy day trying to make sure that my kite stayed airborne.
Kite-flying is an interesting phenomenon, when you think about it. You have to know how to control it against the wind and, yet, you also have to realize that you really can’t control it at all. It’s more an exercise of response than control. Really good kite-flyers have to learn that they really don’t have control at all once the kite is up. Keeping the kite flying is a matter of steering with the wind; in essence, you have to relinquish the control that you have and follow where the wind takes you.
Maybe kite-flying would be a good Lenten practice! So much of our lives is about control. In fact our society implies that if we don’t have control, if we’re not in charge, then we have somehow failed. That completely flies in the face (cute pun intended!) of our walk of faith. Walking this walk of faith, this Way of Christ, is not about control; it is about response. You have to follow where the wind takes you. Now don’t get me wrong, you still have to DO something or you’ll crash into the ground (another cute pun intended!). You still have to stay with it and sometimes run to keep up but, always, always, there is something more that will allow you to fly.
So, for one of your Lenten practice, go fly a kite! (cute pun NOT intended!–Just do it!)
Grace and Peace,