Something Else

“Let’s go fly a kite…”

Do you remember the old song?

I didn’t do much kite flying when I was young, probably because I lived in the country with lots of big trees around…not exactly good for kites.

It is, however, thrilling to get a kite airborne, letting out more and more string as it climbs higher and higher.

And the colours…brilliant.

The designs…flying works of art.

And that’s what I’m thinking about today…How is my life like flying a kite?

Many things lift me to unbelievable heights: attending the birth of a baby; knowing my writing has encouraged and blessed someone; making headway in some long neglected corner of my home; being approached with a new editing project; encouraging words about something I’ve written; turning frustration into a blog post (something I wish I’d done when the kids were young – sadly, before blogging); grabbing coffee with a friend; just hanging with my hubby and kids…

So many things send me skyward, but the most amazing thing to date happened years ago.

I’ve known since I was a child that God wants to have a personal relationship with us. That’s why He sent His Son, Jesus, to live a sinless life; to die in our place (no matter how “good” we are, it’s nothing compared to the holiness of God); and to rise as Victor over death.

I have seen Him at work in my life and in the lives of others many times over the years and once in my fifty-one years I sensed His presence in an almost inexplicable way. Yes, it’s wonderful to sing His praises in a group of fellow believers, but it wasn’t there. It’s also wonderful to sit quietly in His presence seeking to still all the voices that assail us in this world, but it wasn’t there either.

That special moment occurred at a most unlikely time. Our ladies executive had just broken for lunch. I was handed a letter with information about a trip to Israel. All of a sudden I didn’t want to talk. I didn’t want to move. I barely wanted to breathe. I just stood there. The others were getting ready to head out for lunch. No singing. No praying. No emotional high. Just peace and awe.

I never did take that trip to the Holy Land, but for those few moments I was surely standing on holy ground. If that is how it can be here on earth, an eternity in heaven is going to be Something Else. I will fly higher than ever before. There can be no comparison.

He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord (1 Corinthians 1:8-10 NIV).

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