And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning his command is that you walk in love. 2 John 1:6 NIV
I breathed in, out, and smiled. The five dollar kite that was not designed to fly in 20 mile an hour winds was soaring. It was puny compared to the big fancy kits on the beach. But the string kept unfurling and the kite kept climbing higher and higher into the crisp blue sky. It danced and dodged seagulls and rooftops on its ascent.
Wiggling my toes into the cool creamy sand, I tied the kite string to my beach chair and thought of my Daddy. I can see him rounding the back corner of the house with his blue work shirt stripped off, still wearing his undershirt, work pants, and boots. He'd grab a sheet of newspaper, some garden twine, and two reed-like dried weeds to make the cross bars for our kite. Those newspaper kites always flew. Maybe not as high as the kites on the beach today, but they still reached for the heavens. They were made with love.
I can't fly a kite without thinking of two things 1) making kites with my Daddy, and 2) switches. You see, those cross bars on our newspaper kites were known by another name every other day of the week - - a switch. A switch meant business.
I've had to "pick a switch" many times. A switch dispensed discipline. The worst part was the minutes picking the switch because you needed to be fast, but you did not want to rush anything. In a child's mind you're trying to process if one switch would hurt less than another while putting off the discipline as long as possible.
Those switches had a dual role: love and discipline.
Flying those kits was pure love and joy. In fact, I never remember picking out the cross bars for the kite. Daddy always did that because he knew which ones would work the best. When it came time for discipline, I was sent to the edge of the garden to retrieve my own switch. I think how God loves us so much he disciplines us, too. And how that walk down the yard to get the switch felt like an eternity of separation from my parents. That's how I feel now when I know I have sinned and I don't want the discipline. I'll walk slower and slower toward that patch of switches.
I know now that if I am obedient, the discipline is swift, kind, and loving. God allows us to walk alone down the yard so we can process the separation. Remember, God has never moved. We walked away from him in our sin. He's always drawing us back to him.
Do you need to "pick a switch" today? Take time to confess your sins to the Lord. In love and kindness he will discipline you if necessary and heal any hurts.
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Do something today with your family that will make a memory filled with love. Here's a link with directions for making a newspaper kite. Kite Making
Dear Heavenly Father, everyday I fall short and sin. Thank you for the love and the instruction you imparted to my earthly father. Lord, give me the same wisdom in raising my child.
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