Let’s Go Fly A Kite… Against The Odds!

Posted: February 5, 2014 in Let's Go Fly A Kite...!, Podcasts
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You can’t fly a kite unless you go against the wind and have a weight to keep it from turning a somersault. The same with man. No man will succeed unless he is ready to face and overcome difficulties and is prepared to assume responsibilities.  – William J. H. Boetcker

Let me share an interesting fact before beginning today: Kite flying was banned in Japan in 1760 because so many people preferred to fly kites rather than going to work.
Flying a kite according to the official theory is about many things: symmetry, wind power, construction, tension, timing,  muscle strength, air pressure, spirituality and fun.
It seems that watching others fly kites is as popular as those who fly them. Now that i say that, i realize that i enjoy watching others soar up where the air is clear just as much as when it’s me doing the soaring.
KITE FESTIVALS AROUND THE WORLD

  • Australia – Sydney Festival of the Winds
  • Borneo International Kite Festival, Bintulu
  • Canada – Windscape Kite Festival Saskatchewan – Dieppe KITE International in New Brunswick
  • France – There’s a list of kite festivals
  • Great Britain
  • India – International Kite Festival in Ahmedabad
  • Japan – There’s a specific calendar of Kite Festivals
  • Spain – Barcelona
  • USA – Sky Festival

Pick the right place. I need to be careful to only fly my kite in safe conditions… that means no rain or lightning. There’s actually electricity in clouds that is attracted to wet kite lines. Remember Ben Franklin? He was a foolish kite flier. Trees, power lines and buildings all deserve careful consideration.

 Pick the right place. i am called to withdraw at certain intervals into deeper silence and aloneness with God. To be alone with Him—not with my books, thoughts, and memories but completely stripped of everything—to dwell lovingly in His presence, silent, empty, expectant, and motionless. Mother Teresa said, “We cannot find God in noise or agitation.

People may seem harmless, but in this particular instance the fewer the better which means less possible distractions. Luke 5:15 (NIV.) shares how Jesus handled this. Yet the news about [Jesus] spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear Him, and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”

Mark 1:35 says, “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

Find someone to fly your kite with. Flying a kite is easier with two people — and it stays fun longer.

Find someone to fly your kite with. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”God calls me to a service far beyond anything i could  ever imagine. He created me for a  life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for me to do.” Ephesians  2:10.

Pay attention to the wind direction. If it changes, adapt with it. Arrange for the wind to be blowing from your back directly toward the kite. It’s best  to wait for a gust of wind for the initial takeoff. You can also pull on the string to provide a bit of tension and launch the kite into the air. If you stay aware of this, you’ll be able to fly your kite a lot longer.

 Pay attention to the wind direction. Mark 4:24 has these instructions. “And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you.”

Some, maybe most, people just enjoy the relaxing aspects of flying a kite. Just watching it fly, perhaps enjoying the subtle artistry of color and movement. Maybe even enjoying the feel of controlling an almost-living creature on the end of the line.

Kite flying aside for the moment. There are two important keys, to getting into the presence of God. The first is wanting God and the second is waiting for God

i  must want Him wholeheartedly and be willing to wait on Him until His presence brings the rhythms of His grace to my soul. Neither of these two issues, particularly waiting, is used much in the Christian arena today. Wanting God is something only a select few seem to do; waiting for God seems to have no place in most modern-day worship services. Silence on the platform? Perish the thought!

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