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I finally got to see Saving Mr. Banks for the second time. There were some things that centered around “Let’s Go Fly A Kite” scenes, that i wanted to catch again. i could go into the comparison between Disney and Mrs. Travers but the movie will probably be out on DVD very soon as there were only 8 of us in the entire theater and you can see what catches your attention then.

The following are my life lessons from Let’s Go Fly A Kite and, from the entire movie of Saving Mr. Banks.

1. Whether present or not, good or bad, no one puts a greater imprint on a person’s life than the influence of a Father. i think of it in this way. i call myself a Disciple of Christ thus, i influence, leave an imprint on others. As i have shared before i have no regrets regarding my father, he taught me much about the man i did and do not want to be.

2. “Rare is the day I don’t think of that 8-year-old boy in the snow with Elias Disney with a belt in his hands.” – That’s Disney on remembering his childhood. Present or not, good or bad, remembering my past is one thing, so long as i don’t get stuck there. While my recollections of my father are not as often as Disney’s, i do think of that 12-year-old-boy being chased around the house late at night by his drunken father with a butcher knife in his hand.

3. Disney says, “A man cannot break a promise to his kids no matter how long it takes.” Great Fathers have integrity. Great Disciples of Christ also have integrity. i have never taken making promises lightly, and while there is the possibility that time has let a broken promise slip away, i do not recall any broken ones at this moment.

4. Disney adds, “I have not broken a promise to my two daughters because that’s what daddies do.” Great Fathers are reliable. Great Disciples of Christ show themselves to be reliable.

5. When asking why he shaves during a flashback scene, Travers’s father tells his daughter, ”A man must shave to swish his daughter’s cheeks.” Great Fathers do what’s necessary to connect with their children. Great Disciples of Christ do not insist upon their own way, they serve others. They give to others what they need the most, when they may deserve it the least, at great cost to themselves. They connect!

6. Though P.L. Travers was often an overwhelming challenge for the Disney staff. The power of collaboration made the film classic what it is. Life can often feel overwhelming but true collaboration with God changes everything. i have two major points of collaboration with God and one that comes from Ann Marie. With God it is knowing this,  “all things start with Him, all things go through Him, and all things end in Him.” The second is Philippians 2:13 [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight. The one with Ann Marie is simply we must agree and when in doubt say no. Collaboration… God said it and i believe it.

7. Andy Stanley teaches people to invite their friends to churches with predictable environments. Disney provided the same driver each day for Travers, a wonderful man named Ralph. This leaves me with a great self question, “am i a predictable environment?”

8. There is a conversation between P.L. Travers and Ralph which shows the different views of the world people may have. P.L. Travers says, “The rain brings life” and Ralph replies “So does the sun.” While simply put, it has deep meaning for me. Love the Lord my God with all my heart, mind, soul and strength, AND love others as myself… in despite of and actually because of the differences.

9. Great stories come from everyone. P.L. Travers tells Ralph that his handicapped daughter, “Jane, can do anything anyone else can do.” God wants to tell a great story through my life.

10. The story of Mary Poppins is of a daughter wanting to bring honor to her deeply-flawed father.  Many of us could learn lessons from her by doing the same. This has been an intentional task from the time i was a youth.

11. Disney says, to P.L. Travers, “Forgiveness is what I learned from your books.”  While it was from a different book, i learned forgiveness from the Word of God. This is why number 10 is possible for me. Forgiveness sets a captive free.

12. Disney reminds me, “That’s what story tellers do.  We restore order to imagination.  We bring hope.” That’s what i’m hoping these post and podcasts will do, bring hope! Restore imagination to places in life where uncertainty, confusion, and doubt have been in control. Jesus the greatest story-teller with the greatest story ever told.

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A few days ago as we were driving in to the Onething campus Ann Marie shared with me something she was reading. She said it would go well with my recent posts regarding Self Talk and Let’s Go Fly A Kite. Obviously it does and so i’m going to expand upon the idea of Binge Thinking.  Binge Thinking is defined as to dwell obsessively for a short period of time, which is something i do constantly as i’ve already shared. i just didn’t put it quite that way. Talking to myself or mind chatter sounds way better than binging.

Hasn’t everyone over-done something from time to time—taking an extra helping at Thanksgiving dinner, having dessert when i’m already full, buying one more tie to go with the fifty i already have and hardly ever wear. For bingers over-doing is normal. Many consider the use of drugs, alcohol, food, people, etc. to cope with stress and other negative emotions, as a viable option, even though afterwards we feel even worse. These times may make us feel like we’re stuck in a vicious cycle. But binging is a disorder and is treatable. With the right help and support, we can learn to control and develop healthy relationships with everything.

All that being said, this caused me to think about the body of Christ, more specifically myself. i wonder if we don’t Binge Pray and Binge Worship? i mean today i dwell obsessively in prayer and tomorrow i don’t pray much, if at all. How about going to church and singing songs that move us, cause us to lift our hands, to dance, or even cry and the next day, we can’t remember a thing about the service. How about this or that happens and immediately we begin praying like it’s the norm for us, but truth be told, well i’ll leave it there. Obsessive for a short period of time?

Why is that? John 4:23-24 Jesus says,  “ed, it’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of person the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.” Not obsessive for a short period of time.

What about consistent prayer, consistent worship? Would God refer to me as a Binger, obsessive for short periods of time, or Consistent, i am the same yesterday, today and forever?

God Himself says, “I change not.” Yet while that’s true it often looks otherwise.

In spite of what it looks like or feels like, God is consistent, the most consistent person who never changes His heart towards me, no matter what i do.  He can’t be anything other than what He is. Consistent, but… unpredictable. i am never sure what God’s going do next. Absolutely no clue usually.

i’ve been unable to find security in what God was or is doing, and that’s because there is no security in what God is doing. There is only security in WHO GOD IS. That’s the consistent nature of God. As for what God is doing, how well i know that He will throw me into situations beyond myself with no other thought than, He will keep me. God is consistent, but He is unpredictable.

As for me, well, i’m the opposite – i am inconsistent , i am often a binger, so consistently predictable in everything that i do.

Let’s Go Fly A Kite for me is a journey, an extension of myself into the nature of God, and i must not be distracted. He’s my source, my joy, peace, rest, revelation, anointing, and power, it’s His Nature.

As i learn how to rest in the consistent nature of God, i won’t be one of those who’s standing there wondering or thinking about joining Him. There will be this instinctive, intuitive, need to move toward Him knowing that He is drawing me there.

It’s my destiny to walk in the nature of God, and do greater things than He did. It’s my destiny. But i’ll never get there unless i learn how to live there consistently and not just dwell obsessively for a short period of time.

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This series of posts and podcasts came while sharing about “Talking to Myself” and my “Mind Chatter” and my viewing of “Saving Mr. Banks”.

There’s a sense that i need to add a little more clarity to the series and make sure that it’s understood that in no way is “Let’s Go Fly A Kite” to be used as a mere distraction, a substitute, or a replacement for my constant bombarding thoughts.

“Let’s Go Fly A Kite.” presents the idea that getting into the presence of God is not defined by a specific place or time. John 4:20-24. Jesus is having a conversation with the woman at the well and it comes to a close with these words. The woman says, “Well, tell me this: Our ancestors worshiped God at this mountain, but you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place for worship, right?” Jesus responds, “Believe me, woman, the time is coming when you Samaritans will worship the Father neither here at this mountain nor there in Jerusalem. You worship guessing in the dark; we Jews worship in the clear light of day. God’s way of salvation is made available through the Jews. But the time is coming—it has, in fact, come—when what you’re called will not matter and where you go to worship will not matter.

Indulge me for a moment, use your “Imaginal Cells” while i share a story written by Steven Woodman titled “Go Fly A Kite!”

Rachel was very excited. Her Grandfather took her on a special adventure every Saturday and he said that he had a big surprise for her today. Out of his trunk he pulled the biggest kite Rachel had ever seen! “Let’s go!” her grandfather shouted.

Down to the beach they went. A lot of their adventures took place at the beach. It was a very windy day. Perfect for kite flying – or so they thought.

“OK Rachel, you hold the kite and I’ll pull it into the sky.”

Rachel ran down the beach with the kite and then held it tight. Her grandfather yelled “Let go” as he pulled hard on the string. But it was so windy that Rachel didn’t hear him.

Her Grandfather called to Rachel. “OK. Your turn to fly the kite!” But when he looked around, he couldn’t see Rachel anywhere. There were no trees for her to hide behind. Where could she be?

Then he looked up. Waaayyyyyy up. He could just see Rachel peeking over the end of the kite. She was flying!

“Rachel! Get down here!”

But Rachel could not get down. Her Grandfather started to reel in the kite. But just as she was getting close to the ground – the string broke!

The kite flew up, up, up with Rachel still holding tight! “Get me down!” yelled   Rachel.

Her Grandpa was running down the beach after her.   “Come back here Rachel!” The kite headed straight for an apartment building.

Vroom!!!  She flew right into an open window and through a living   room where a man sat eating pop-corn and watching a football game.

“Yikes” yelled the man. He was so surprised that   his pop-corn flew all over the room.

Vroom!!! Down the hall Rachel flew. There was a lady just coming   out of the bathroom.

“Yikes” yelled the lady. She was so scared that   she jumped up in the air and her feet landed in the toilet.

Vroom!!! Rachel flew through the bedroom where there was a little baby sitting in a crib. The baby laughed when Rachel flew by. Right out the bedroom window   Rachel flew. By this time there were nine police cars and three fire engines chasing Rachel. She was heading straight for the zoo!

Vroom!!! Through the lion’s den she flew. They jumped up at her but she was flying too fast.

Vroom!!! Through the monkey’s cage she flew. She knocked one monkey right out of a tree.

Vroom!!! She flew right between the legs of a big giraffe!

Vroom!!! She was headed for the elephants. One big elephant lifted   his trunk and caught Rachel by the leg. He put Rachel on his back just as 31   police cars and 9 fire trucks pulled up.

“Get me down from here” yelled Rachel.

One of the fire trucks put out its   ladder and a firefighter climbed up to lift Rachel down.

Rachel gave her Grandpa a big hug.

“Grandpa! You always have the best ideas!

What are we going to do next week?”

That’s the idea! Soaring! “Let’s Go Fly A Kite.” Let’s Go Worship! Let’s enter into His presence! Let’s take a journey! Let’s experience the adventure! Let’s make a spiritual marker! Let’s get free from the things of this world! Let’s………… you fill in the blank!

As for me…. I’m giving God a big hug and saying, “God you always have the best ideas! What are we going to do next time?”

 

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Kite TailsMany people overlook the importance of tails when flying kites. They are not simply decorative extras, they also serve to keep the kite stable and pointing in the right direction. Professionally made kites come with the correct tail, so this post and podcast will concentrate on tails for kites made by the occasional hobbyist.

Kite tails are a quick way to add color and size to your kite and can make a work of art even more dramatic. Yep, i’m going to share with you my spiritual connection to kite tails. Whether flying a kite or entering into the presence of God, both can be enhanced by adding a tail.

While my spiritual kite tail could be most anything, i’m going to correlate it to patience. Adding patience to my circumstances is a quick way to add color, size, or more specifically perspective. With a change in perspective my circumstances can become a work of art as God weaves His purpose, His plan, His grace into every fiber of them. What was a dramatic disaster, can in the blink of an eye become a masterpiece. Patience can most definitely help me soar for longer periods of time.

Kite tails add stability to my kite in stronger winds by adding drag to the kite, making it fly better. In light winds my kite will need less tail or maybe no tail at all.

Patience adds stability to my circumstances when their strong, or more difficult circumstances. Patience adds drag to the circumstances, making them more manageable and in light or easier circumstances i may need less patience or maybe no patience at all.

Adding Kite Tails

Tails should be added to the kite symmetrically that is balanced on both sides of the kite, such as one long tail in the middle, two tails of even length on each side of the kite, or a single tail looped from one side of the kite to the other.  You can add additional loops, which can also be attached to other loops adding even more drag.  Make sure your tail is firmly attached.

Patience should be added to my circumstances symmetrically as well. Balanced on both side of the circumstances, such as one long tail in the middle. Here’s just one example as applied to relationships… Matthew 5: 43-48 “You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.

Verse 48 summarizes it “In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.” Symmetrical, balanced on both sides.

To apply it to another area of my life i went to James 1: 2-3 where he says, “Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations. Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience….”

This is saying, Kite tails are a quick way to add color and size to your kite and can make a work of art even more dramatic.

How Much to Add

A general guide is to add 3 to 8 times the length of the kite, but the only real way to know is to try. Remember: more tail = more weight = more drag. Too much drag and your kite will not fly. Surveyor ribbon tape is lightweight and an easy way to add colorful long tails to your kite.

Oh this is so good… how much patience should i add? James says it with absolute clarity, “But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.”

And then in verse 12 he says, “Blessed (happy, to be envied) is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation, for when he has stood the test and been approved, he will receive [the victor’s] crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him.”

Many times i overlook the importance of patience when getting into the presence of God. Patience is not simply a decorative extra, Patience serves to keep me stable and pointing in the right direction. Being God-made i come with the correct tail, or better said, correct kind and amount of patience.

In closing, With my fist holding tight to the string of my kite… Let’s Go Worship… “External religious worship that is pure and unblemished in the sight of God, visit and help and care for the orphans and widows in their affliction and need, and to keep oneself unspotted and uncontaminated from the world.” James 1:27

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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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HeavyI’m opening with a line from the television show Seinfeld. It’s a conversation between George and Kramer. “Why would I spend seven dollars to see a movie I could watch at home?” “Well why go to a fine restaurant when you could just stick something in the microwave… Why go to the park and fly a kite when you could just pop a pill?”

I shared that because it illustrates the stinking thinking that is often used with regards to our lives. First of there are two off the cuff reasons for paying seven dollars and seeing a movie verses seeing it at home. The first is being current. Paying the seven dollars puts you in the now and for me it usually is something significant regarding my life now that I walk away with, such as in the case of The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty and Saving Mr. Banks. Secondly there is nothing like seeing a good movie on the BIG SCREEN. As for going to a fine restaurant verses a microwave meal…. there’s just no accounting for taste. And than going to the park and flying a kite verses popping a pill… I don’t even know where to start. Popping a pill may seem like the easy way but long-term there is a great danger lurking. Flying a kite may be a little work but the rewards are lasting and care only beneficial results for those willing to make the effort.

Let’s Go Fly A Kite… An Extension Of me! This little chorus has been popping up in my head continuously and I have been able to share it with several who let me know that it sticks with them as well. It’s a mind changer… and we all know change your mind and everything changes.

Oh, oh, oh!
Let’s go fly a kite
Up to the highest height!
Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Let’s go fly a kite!

The Banks Family had believed they would not cope without Mary Poppins.  But she never leaves a family until they are capable of drawing on their own resources.

Now I’m not suggesting that God is Mary Poppins but this fictional story certainly correlates with how my life is affected by the presence of God, in a much greater way of course. Philippians 2:13 (AMP) says, [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.

The sky is big enough for EVERYONE! Because God created it that way.

God is big enough for EVERYONE! Because God created me that way.

i’m finding out that kite flying is a pretty serious deal for some. There’s actually a Kite Flying Society. Perhaps it’s like the Christian Society? No matter for my purpose today. But, there is a right way and a wrong way to fly a kite and like everything else if I’m going to do it I want to do it right. So, i’m going to share the correct way to fly a kite and then put portions of it into the perspective of “Flying A Kite” as an extension of me and my relationship with God which changes my perspective about everything.

Pick my kite. There are quite a few varieties to choose from and you can even make your own. The standard shapes are easiest to fly, but if you’re looking for a challenge, go bigger and fancier.

Pick my God. Yep, i just wrote that. According to many there are quite a few varieties to choose from and some even make their own. As for me Isaiah 45:5-6 says it all, “I am the LORD, and there is no other; Besides Me there is no God. I will gird you, though you have not known Me; That men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun That there is no one besides Me.I am the LORD, and there is no other,”

This is one of those areas where if i offend someone, so be it . For me there is only one God and He is in no way standard, nor the easiest to understand, but i’m up for the challenge and there is no God bigger or fancier than my God.

Pick the right day. If there’s a definite breeze but you don’t feel bowled over, it’s time to head for the kite-flying hills. The last thing you want to do is go out, spending hours just holding on. With a nice breeze, you can make your kite dance and soar and maybe even loops and tricks.

Pick the right day. Oswald Chambers said, “Many enter the chamber (garden) to meet God while they are still emotionally out of breath. Silence and solitude, listening to God and meditation all take time………….. time some are not willing to give.” Behind the wheel of the car is not going to get my kite off the ground. There’s no way i’m going to soar to the highest height while weaving in and out of traffic. If i begin out of breath there’s no way i’ll dance, soar, experience His presence and maybe a healing.

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Let’s Go Fly A Kite! The sky is big enough for EVERYONE!

Mr. Banks sings the first verse of the song which goes like this.

With tuppence for paper and strings
You can have your own set of wings
With your feet on the ground
You’re a bird in a flight
With your fist holding tight
To the string of your kite

Then Bert sings verse two and says it this way.

When you send it flyin’ up there
All at once you’re lighter than air
You can dance on the breeze
Over ‘ouses and trees
With your first ‘olding tight
To the string of your kite

Everyone can sing the chorus whether they can sing or not because it’s just that kind of song. Whether i’m in key or not makes no difference.

Oh, oh, oh!
Let’s go fly a kite
Up to the highest height!
Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Let’s go fly a kite!

Miss a word or two, oh well, it doesn’t matter. Rhythms impact me. If my heart is out of rhythm then i have difficulties in my whole body. Rhythms can speed me up or slow me down, they can make my foot tap as they did for Mrs.Travers. God speaks very specifically about rhythm.

Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG.) “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly

The sky is big enough for EVERYONE!

God is big enough for EVERYONE!

Let’s Go Fly A Kite and experience the unforced rhythms found while soaring in the presence of God. As Mr. banks says, i can have my own set of wings and while my feet are on the ground or in this world, i’m a bird in flight, in the heavenlies. When i enter into the presence of God “all at once i’m lighter than air” and i can dance to the very rhythms of His grace.

I would guess that for each of us there have been and remain to be seen many hard fought victories. In Saving Mr. Banks director John Lee Hancock has great fun with the clash of style and personality between Disney and Travers. One can only hope that the clash between God and i would be described as great fun.

Mr. Banks is the father in the story “Mary Poppins”. The point of the story is that Mary does not come to help the kids, she actually came to save Mr. Banks from a life that was destroying him and his relationship with his family. That was the story that Walt felt he needed to tell.

In closing… The story that i feel i need to tell is that God has come for me, to save me from a life that is or was destroying me and my relationships.

So come on… with our fist holding tight to the string of a kite, “Let’s Go Fly A Kite!” The sky is big enough for EVERYONE!

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imagesHA9VWFAC“Let’s Go Fly A Kite…” no… i’m not insinuating nor telling you to go fly a kite as in get lost and, nobody told me to do like wise. Several weeks ago i saw the movie “Saving Mr. Banks,” thus this series comes from my observations, inspirations and lessons learned from it. Actually i’m hoping to see it again before finishing with these posts.

Surely there is at least one who is already thinking that perhaps i should go fly a kite as there can’t be anything spiritual to be gained from posting about such an event. Further there is no mention of kite flying in the word so this must be one of those seeker friendly, or puffy posts that is supposed to be fun and not deep in the inspirational category. While you are entitled to your opinion, only time will tell and at this moment i maintain that you would be incorrect in your thinking.

According to Wikipedia “Let’s Go Fly A Kite” is a song from Walt Disney’s film Mary Poppins, composed by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. The song is heard at the end of the film when the story’s protagonist, George Banks, realizes that his family is more important than his job. He mends his son’s kite and takes his family on a kite-flying outing. This is a metaphor. The mended kite being a symbol of the mended Banks family. i don’t know what i thought “Mary Poppins” was about but after watching it i didn’t walk away with any particular thoughts or a message. i still didn’t get the idea of the new movie title “Saving Mr. Banks” until i saw it or should i say experienced it.

i’m not going to get to deep into the movie as i don’t want to ruin it for anyone, i’ll share no more than i have to. As i think about these post it may turn out to be best described as a metaphor in themselves. There should probably be a warning with this post. If you choose to listen to the song or even just read it and imagine listening to it, it’s going to stick with you in the same way that “It’s A Small World” does. There, now i’ve done it, and i’m humming them both!

The following link takes you to the first scene that filled me with emotions, not because of the song but because P.L. Travers let’s go of just a small piece of herself and she is able to smile, tap her feet and dance to the rhythm of the song, all scriptural by the way. It’s not hard for me to imagine the release that she experiences within herself, even if only a small tiny morsel. So please watch the scene and see for yourself if you dare? For those who don’t care to watch I shared the words. Either way, listening or reading, use your imaginal cells, extend yourself, respond to the invitation of the lyrics.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3-srL6C100

Oh, oh, oh!
Let’s go fly a kite
Up to the highest height!
Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Oh, let’s go fly a kite!

Mr. Banks:
With tuppence for paper and strings
You can have your own set of wings
With your feet on the ground
You’re a bird in a flight
With your fist holding tight
To the string of your kite

Bert:
When you send it flyin’ up there
All at once you’re lighter than air
You can dance on the breeze
Over ‘ouses and trees
With your first ‘olding tight
To the string of your kite

Londoners:
Oh, oh, oh!
Let’s go fly a kite
Up to the highest height!
Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Let’s go fly a kite!

“Let’s Go Fly A Kite” an extension of me. At one end of the string my feet are planted firmly on the ground, but, at the other end i have let go, and as the song says, “i’m “soaring to the highest height, Up through the atmosphere. Up where the air is clear.” Above my circumstances, my fears, my hurts and woundedness, where my Heavenly Father meets with me, where nothing matters but Him and once His presence touches me i become light. Isaiah 60:1-5 says it this way, “Arise ed[from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you—rise to a new life]! Shine  ed (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for ed your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you! For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and dense darkness [all] peoples, but the Lord shall arise upon you ed, and His glory shall be seen on you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. ed Lift up your eyes round about you and see! They all gather themselves together, they come to you. Your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be carried and nursed in the arms. Then ed you shall see and be radiant, and your heart shall thrill and tremble with joy and be enlarged;

“Let’s Go Fly A Kite…” An Extension Of Me!

i can’t help but imagine that many people just like me, would enjoy the pleasures and fellowship that are to be found at the end of a kite line. Sharing with you today seems to make the fun and joy even greater. Thank You!