Free To Soar

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
June 19, 2003

One windy spring day, I observed young people having fun using the wind to fly their kites. Multicolored creations of varying shapes and sizes filled the skies like beautiful birds darting and dancing in the heady atmosphere above the earth. As the strong winds gusted against the kites, a string kept them in check. Instead of blowing away with the wind, they arose against it to achieve great heights. They shook and pulled, but the restraining string and the cumbersome tail kept them in tow, facing upward and against the wind. As the kites struggled and trembled against the string, they seemed to say, “Let me go! Let me go! I want to be free!” They soared beautifully even as they fought the imposed restriction of the string. Finally, one of the kites succeeded in breaking loose. “Free at last” it seemed to say. “Free to fly with the wind.”

Yet freedom from restraint simply put it at the mercy of an unsympathetic breeze. It fluttered ungracefully to the ground and landed in a tangled mass of weeds and string against a dead bush. “Free at last” free to lie powerless in the dirt, to be blown helplessly along the ground, and to lodge lifeless against the first obstruction.

 

By: Wayne B. Lynn - Lessons From Life
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16 comments
  1. Remember that Gordon Lightfoot song from the early 70s, “Me & Bobbie Magee”?
    “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.”

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  2. Kris said:

    Why do we long to be free…it is the root of so many of our troubles! I can’t stop looking at this longing lately because it is so mixed up in almost everything we do. Free…to do what? What we want. How I wish we would naturally want what is good. Great post!

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  3. It’s not enough just to be free – it’s what we do with our freedom that’s really important. Thanks, Kenny T! Five cups! 🙂 Dave

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  4. Love the analogy… it explains how Christ can be our anchor and yet cause us to soar at the same time!
    “But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength.
    They will soar high on wings like eagles.” (Is 40:31 NLT)
    Be blessed Kenny T!

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    • I was thinking the same thing when I read this, that Christ is our anchor. People think it’s freedom when we are not under Hid lordship, but, like the kite, we find ourselves under the mercy of another master. Unlike Christ, this would not be a loving, gracious master. I would rather be held by Christ!

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      • Me too! This analogy also made me think of the description of those who refuse to follow God in Psalm 1:
        “But not the wicked! They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.” (Psa 1:4 NLT).
        But those who don’t go along with that crowd are like trees planted by a stream, bearing fruit in season.
        I vote for “rooted and fruited!” 🙂
        Be blessed!

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  5. So glad God isn’t letting me go even when I pull away. Thank you for the wonderful illustration!

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  6. Great story and love the Dilbert cartoon. I hope nobody ever does that with my coffee. 🙂

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  7. That is me on the ground…I finally get untangled and rather than fly, I flop—lol. 🙂 Have a good one–and decaf has been my diet for a while. Life… Take care! 😀

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  8. Easier to share on facebook now! YAY! Dilbert is so funny. I receive a facebook post called “Right-winged Birds of Pray” that has many funny pictures of coffee lovers–and how they cope when it is not available. I recently accepted a position as story teller at the local senior–oops, Active Adults Center–and I’ll be snatching stories from your blog site for that every once in awhile.

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  9. I love these short-and-to-the-point life lessons. So many applications could be made from this one simple picture.

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