three children as they look up

Easter Week Seven – Look Up!

 May 17, 2018

There’s a story I read once about a grandfather giving his grandson a kite. The grandson asked him years later why he had given him the kite. The grandson had had a troubled childhood. The last thing he had wanted was a kite. He didn’t know how to fly it and never liked it. He had not been able to look up and watch it float on the wind.

“I wanted you to have a reason to look up,” the grandfather responded. Amidst all of his troubles, amidst all of our troubles, it can help to look up to the sky and remember there is more to this world than what we are experiencing in our own little domain.

God’s Spirit in the Wind

I never was much good at flying kites as a kid. As an adult I tried to help my children in this venture but failed miserably. I never got the knack for it.

But you don’t have to fly a kite to enjoy being outside on a windy day. You don’t have to know how to sail a boat to enjoy riding in one under someone else’s competent hands. Or you can float a small sail boat on a pond. Or you can just sit and enjoy the breeze against your face, or listen to the wind as spring thunderstorms break out, disturbing the quiet and electrifying the air.

Any excuse to be outside and experience God’s presence in nature, or the Spirit blowing where she will.

Waiting for Pentecost

When Jesus ascended into heaven, the apostles were left looking up into the sky. A good place to look. It’s hard to feel down when looking up. Jesus left them, but he didn’t leave them alone. He left them with each other and the promise of God’s spirit.

And so, we are left, gazing at the sky, gazing upon God’s creation as we await the outpouring of God’s spirit.

 

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