Tips on Kite Flying

Lehman B. Lyons Jr.
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When the weather warms and the wind blows at a constant pace, the kite kit displays appear in all the stores. The winter chill is gradually being pushed aside, along with those fluffy white clouds. A local park becomes a good destination for a lazy weekend adventure in flight.

A quick stop at the store to buy the essential package and you are on your way. A plastic tube frame, a small roll of twine, and a plastic sheet decorated with your favorite super hero quickly transform into that work of art advertised on the package. The wet index finger reveals the wind is coming from the west. You are ready to be the next aviation superstar.

You prepare your craft with all care, waiting for that perfect gust. The swell gathers. The twine is secured in the palm of the hand. The kite is released into the passing breeze.

Then, the crash occurs.

What could cause such a disaster? Wasn't everything perfect? The breeze blew. The kite is of a construction that would make Wilbur Wright proud. There are no parts left in the package. The ingredients were all in place. Yet, it still came crashing to the ground.

A passing eight-year-old asks you, "Where's your tail?"

What?

The kite tail is a cloth strip attached to the "toe" or bottom point of the kite, working as a rudder. The attachment gives enough weight for the entire apparatus to stand upright and supplies guidance in the breeze—such a simple addition secured to the kite makes all the difference.

The re-moistened index finger tip reconfirms the correct wind direction. The trees echo with the approaching gust. The wind passes and gracefully lifts your plastic superhero image skyward. It is alive.

We all need a rudder in our personal lives, but it has to be more than a cloth fragment. This rudder needs to be an unwavering belief, a foundation of truth, and a structure for living. We need a rudder that keeps us upright in the strongest winds and steers us away from every wind of false doctrine. A rudder that can direct on our journey through life is a light to keep us from the crashes that this world can lead us into.

Nearly 2,000 years ago, a young Man was confronted by the most evil of forces. He was questioned on the simplest basics of what He believed, what He understood, and what He wanted. His rudder was firm, secure and carried more weight than any human desires. That young Man, Jesus Christ, knew His rudder was the word of God (Matthew 4:1–11).

David explained in Psalms 119:97–104 that this rudder for true success in life was given to man for knowledge, direction and happiness. He understood that he was given direct insight into the mind of God through the use of this rudder. He used this rudder in his duties as a king and passed it down to his children.

The exact same rudder is available to each of us, but we must be willing to attach it to our life. We can make the word of God into our personal rudder, which will keep us upright and flying level.

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  Originally Published: 25th March 2008