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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!
What if that little tune and the activity of flying a kite is your family time this month, learning about joy? I think that would be fantastic!
We recently spent time away out of town, and the big open area beside the house was perfect…for kite flying. Kids are filled with such wonder and joy when their kite is taken up by the wind and the tail starts flying! In fact, so are the adults, as they coax the kids on and help keep their kite up and not in a tree, or crashing to the ground!
Preparation: You’ll need kites! There are some really cool ones found on Amazon – ones the kids can color before flying – and they actually fly really well! Also, spread a blanket outside with some treats to enjoy after flying.
Find a weekend afternoon where the wind is just right, and spend time making the kites, talking about soaring and then fly… After you’ve flown a while, gather the family in a circle, on a blanket, and have your devo about soaring…
Soaring means rising or flying high in the air – like an eagle does when it takes off across the sky – or like a kite does when it’s up, up, and away! It’s usually when something flies higher than normal and maintains its flight without much effort at all! It soars! Wouldn’t you love to soar?
Isaiah 40:21 says,
Yet those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles,
they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.
How would you like to run and never get tired? Flying a kite is hard work, because we have to do what? (answers: hold the line, wait for the wind, keep away from trees, etc.) But the kite itself just has to catch the wind and soar!
This verse says we catch the wind by waiting for the Lord – he is our wind that causes us to soar! We can wait for the Lord through prayer, through listening, through obeying – and that’s like catching the wind!
Job 39:26, Job is talking to God and asks him,
Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars, stretching his wings toward the south?”
Let’s observe the birds today and think about how they stay up in the air. Got any ideas? (answers: their wings, the wind, God made them, etc.)
If God gives wings to birds to soar through the air, how much more will he give us strength to soar through our days, above disappointment and fear?
Isaiah 55:9 says,
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.
What are some of the craziest and wildest things you can think about? (answers: flying elephants, ice cream as high as the moon, etc.) God says his thoughts are higher than anything we can think about – and that fact alone should make us trust him with our whole hearts!
Do you feel like you’re soaring, yet?
Wouldn’t you love to know what it feels like to fly?
What was your favorite thing about kite flying?
Your least favorite?
Soaring a kite in the sky requires three things: wind, string, and direction.
Without wind, the kite won’t soar.
Without string, the kite will disappear.
Without direction, the kite will tangle up in a tree.
God is our wind, our string, and our direction…and he’s an expert in sending us soaring…without any effort of our own. The only thing we have to do is trust his strong arm, his mighty hand, and his keen eye…that watches over us every minute of every day…and when he blows his wind of love – up we go, flying high!
Enjoy your treats.