I’m excited to share a marvelous 45th Parallel God-encounter with you, a runner-up in last year’s 45th Parallel Contest. Kites Without Strings is by my warm and wonderful friend John Avery, author of The Name Quest.
The Lincoln City Kite Festival is worth a visit. Hundreds of multi-colored kites in imaginative designs swoop and swirl between blue sky and golden sand. The simple ones tug on a single string. Skilled flyers maneuver the larger, more complex models using two or more strong lines.
But every kite has a string. The string might seem to tether the kite to its earth-bound owner. In fact, that line holds the kite in the wind at the right angle to soar. Through it, the owner tilts the kite to make it twist and dive in the breeze. If a string snaps, the kite will float briefly on the wind but then will lose its aerodynamics and flutter to the ground.
Christians are like kites.
Remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles. (2 Peter 3:2)
Occasionally I hear people grumble about the Bible as though it is boring, dated, and somehow restricts the refreshing breeze of the Holy Spirit. I’m excited to see the Spirit move too, but the Spirit will never do or say anything that is not consistent with Scripture.
God’s word is like the string of a kite.
Through it He can direct every action and word of His people. The Bible anchors us in the current of God’s purposes. Floating with the wind of the Spirit with no connection to God’s word might feel like freedom, but it eventually comes to a sad end. Christian kites without strings sail jubilantly into the heavens only to exit the spiritual wind. In the doldrums they sag and flop to earth in a confused heap wondering “what all that was about.”
The wind of the Spirit is certainly blowing and is touching many lives. But it never blows believers beyond the reach of the Bible.
Christian kites held in the wind of the Spirit by the living word of God are a spectacular display of the abundant life that God intends for His people.
John Avery is the author of The Name Quest – Explore the Names of God to Grow in Faith and Get to Know Him Better (Morgan James Publishing, 2015). The Name Quest has been reviewed in Midwest Book Reviews and Christian News Northwest, among others.
John is a trained teacher with over thirty years’ experience as a Bible teaching pastor, small group leader, and missionary. He has lived in England, Israel, Africa, and the Caribbean, ministering with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and local churches. He and his wife, Janet, now make their home in Oregon. John likes to hike, snowshoe, and cross country ski. John writes a Bible devotional on www.BibleMaturity.com one of which won the Oregon Christian Writers’ Cascade Award for published devotionals. He maintains a comprehensive resource for all the names of God at www.NamesForGod.net.
See my book review on The Name Quest here.
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