I was laying in bed thinking about kindness and all that encompassed. I was praying that God would help me to understand the kindness He was talking about in the Bible.
As I lay there he showed me an image of a kite. I wondered what a kite had to do with kindness. This is what he shared with me.
You take a kite and you let out a little string at a time. As it begins to drift off you let out more string. Finally, the kite gets so high the wind takes it and allows it to go in whatever direction the wind blows. You stand on the ground letting out more string watching the kite fly off. The wind takes over; all you do is let it go by pulling out more string.
God shared doing random acts of kindness is like kite flying. We often start out showing kindness in small indiscreet ways. We enjoy standing back and watching what happens when we show kindness to others. We often are blessed by it. It makes us want to do more not for glory, but because of the blessings we receive from being kind.
Then as we get comfortable we step out of our comfort zone and before long we are showing acts of kindness in every aspect of our lives. We stand back to see all the various forms our kindness has taken. We see that maybe we meant it for one thing, but God takes our act of kindness, and just like the wind adds a twist or turn to it and it turns out better than we ever dreamed. We stand just like the kite flyer and let loose of our string (kindness) and we let God have it and take it where he wants it to go.
I thought that was a pretty cool thought. As I continued thinking about all of this I was understanding that a kite can go only if the kite flyer lets loose of the string. The kite flyer has control over how much string he lets go of. When we control our lives and decide not to act in a kindly manner or we decide how often we let our kindness show we are just like the kite flyer holding back instead of letting it go.
Sometimes kites go up and then fall to the ground. God showed me when we want to control our acts of kindness instead of allowing him take our acts of kindness and do what he wants with them they fall flat and go no where.
Sometimes our kites get caught in trees or bushes or other objects and they go nowhere. They are stuck until we free them from the obstruction. If we get caught up in getting or receiving glory or honor for those things we do, if we are doing things to make a name for ourselves God sometimes put obstacles in our way and the act gets caught and goes nowhere When we set aside our pride the act of kindness is set free to go where God wants it to go.
There are some days we can’t fly a kite. There is a storm brewing, the wind isn’t right or a number of others things keep us from flying a kite. The kite flyer knows it’s just not a good day. Instead of ignoring the circumstances he waits. He waits for the right time, the right energy and for things to settle; he waits for the day he can fly his kite. While he is waiting he might be busy studying his kites, he might be planning his next adventure or he might be building his next kite.
That’s the way we are. Some days are not good days for acts of kindness for whatever reason. So, instead of pushing ahead we wait. We study the situation, we plan; we build. We wait to hear from God who is sure to show us when it’s time and to whom we show acts of kindness too.
I never knew kite flying and random acts of kindness had so much in common. God is always good to teach me, to show me, to guide me.
Kindness is something that God teaches us. As we grow in God and as he teaches us to be kind it is not something we hang onto, but we let it go and bless others. God blesses us in his kindness; we bless others.
Do a deed of simple kindness; though its end you may not see, it may reach, like widening ripples, down a long eternity.
~ Joseph Norris
Go fly a kite or better yet…go fly a random act of kindness; say a prayer as you let it go and allow God to use it as he wants.
Dear God: it’s amazing the things you teach me. I am amazed at how you take two things put them together and teach me lessons. I want to let go of the string on my random acts of kindness and let it fly as you see best. Help me not to get my acts of kindness caught in the tree of pride or selfishness, but help me remain humble so that my acts will be free to be used for you and by you. On the days I can’t fly random acts of kindness remind those days you have given me to teach, plan and to build. Thank you for all you do in teaching me to live more fully in you. Amen