But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
When I was out walking this weekend, I noticed a family out flying two kites. The father, with his two younger daughters in tow, was holding firmly on to his kite as he let the line out. Up, up and up, the kite went. Fifty feet, one hundred feet, one hundred and fifty feet, two hundred feet!! Would it ever stop? I’d never seen a kite soar so high. It was an awesome sight.
My eyes then turned to his eldest daughter who clutched the second kite, her mother by her side. But this kite never made it more than about forty feet off the ground. I watched and wondered why the girl wasn’t unravelling her line. Why was the kite still earthbound? Then I noticed that her line was full of tangles. She began to try to untangle the knots with the help of her mother. I sat on a fence watching this operation, willing them to succeed; I was longing to see that kite soar alongside the other.
Alas, it wasn’t to be. I got up from the fence, watching the second kite struggle to keep at forty feet while the other was soaring high above all the trees, reaching for the clouds.
I couldn’t help thinking that God’s will for each of us is to soar. When we are born again, the new life in us has the potential to ‘soar high on wings like eagles’. So what keeps some Christians earthbound while others take spiritual flight?
Getting entangled in sin is the obvious answer, but there can be other reasons. One of these is that your mind gets entangled in worry.
In Matthew 6:25-27, we read these words,
That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
Worries are like the knots and tangles in the kite’s string; they hold you back from rising to the heights of God that beckon you. They keep pulling you back to earth. As long as you allow your mind to get over burdened by cares and worries, you will never be free to soar.
Charles Spurgeon said:
‘Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.’
You need to unravel these tangles in your mind and then you will be free to steadily move upwards where you can ‘soar high on wings like eagles’.
Pauline Ann Anderson
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