DayBreaks for 11/30/17: The Value of Opposition
From the DayBreaks archive, November 2007:
I enjoy watching kites fly. I especially enjoy watching either little children fly a kite and squeal with delight, or in watching experts who really know what they’re doing fly exotic and beautiful creations. The colors, the shapes, the fun of using the wind to fly – it’s great stuff! Multicolored creations of varying shapes and sizes fill the skies like beautiful birds darting and dancing in the heady atmosphere above the earth. As the strong winds gusted against the kites, a string keeps them in check.
Instead of blowing away, they rise against the wind to achieve great heights. They shake and pull, but the restraining string and the cumbersome tail keep them in tow, facing upward and against the wind. As the kites struggle and tremble against the string, they seem to say, “Let me go! Let me go! I want to be free!” They soar beautifully even as they fight the imposed restriction of the string. Sometimes, one of the kites will succeed in breaking loose. “Free at last!’ it seems to say. “Free to fly with the wind.”
Yet freedom from restraint simply puts it at the mercy of an unsympathetic breeze. It’ll flutter ungracefully, sometimes in a death-spiral, to the ground where it lands in a tangled mass of weeds and string against a dead bush. “Free at last” – free to lie powerless in the dirt, to be blown helplessly along the ground, and to lodge lifeless against the first obstruction.
How much like kites we sometimes are! The Lord gives us adversity and restrictions, rules to follow from which we can fly and gain strength. And how we fight against those restraints! We would like to cast them off like a heavy coat on a blazingly hot summer day!
Restraint, however, is a necessary counterpart to the winds of opposition. Some of us will tug at the rules so hard that we never soar to reach the heights we might have otherwise obtained. We keep part of the commandment and (pardon the pun) never rise high enough to get our tails off the ground.
Let us each rise to the great heights our Heavenly Father has in store for us, recognizing that some of the restraints that we may chafe under are actually the steadying force that helps us ascend and achieve. Without those restraints, we cannot truly fly.
Romans 3:18: – They have no fear of God to restrain them.
PRAYER: Teach us to love Your commandments and precepts, and to see them as blessings that give us the ability to soar rather than weights to hold us down. Let us fly with Your Spirit through the winds of obedience! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2017 by Galen C. Dalrymple.