Earlier this fall we spent a week on Hatteras Island. As many of you know, this area is well known for its historical lighthouses, fishing, hang-gliding, and a multitude of water sports. But there is another activity that occurs at Hatteras Island that catches my attention every time I go there – flying kites on the beach. It’s almost as popular as surf-fishing. Maybe that’s because it’s one of the few places that usually has sufficient winds to uphold a kite for hours at a time.
We sat on the deck of our rental house one evening and watched several kites suspended in mid-air, maintaining their altitude thanks to the steady winds. The kites flew gracefully out over the ocean, sometimes dipping but then soaring right back up as the wind caught their fall. For a fleeting moment, I wondered what it would be like to hang-glide and soar through the sky like those kites.
The wind that upholds kites is very similar to how God’s grace upholds us. You can’t see the wind, but you know it’s there because you can feel it; the same is true with God’s grace. We can feel it, because with His grace comes strength, joy and peace. Like the wind, God’s grace is bigger than anything we can imagine. It catches us when we start to fall and sustains us no matter where we are and no matter what challenges we are facing. It is only by the power of His grace that we are able to endure tough times or do what seems impossible. The wind is sufficient for a kite; God’s grace is sufficient for us.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”… For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)