Spring is coming…well, at least the calendar says so!! With this year’s winter and today’s passage, I think about kite flying…remember the song? “Let’s go fly a kite…Up to the highest height!…Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring…Up through the atmosphere…Up where the air is clear…”
Remember? You would have hundreds of yards of string…let a little out and start running…letting more string out and soon, sure enough, your kite would be airborne. Flying a kite and trying to let all the string out – without getting caught in the overhead lines or trees…soon, your kite would be so high it was hard to see.
Imagine someone walking up to you and asking what you were doing with a taut string but they couldn’t see your kite. What would you say to them? You can’t see your kite but periodically you feel the tug…
Faith is like flying a kite…even though many label this passage as a definition of ‘faith’, I think the point is about faith lived out as evidenced by the many people noted in the chapter beginning with Abel, Enoch and Noah. Our author establishes an opening statement about authentic faith…faith that although directed to future realities, also makes the future present. Faith that is authentic recognizes the reality of the unseen and allows itself to be governed by that reality. Remember Paul’s words in 2 Cor “we live by faith, not by sight”? In today’s passage we see don’t have a technical definition of faith but a description of what authentic faith does and how God provides evidence in the practice of faith that what he promises will eventually be reality.
What about that someone who sees you “flying your kite”? Let your faith soar…like “your fist holding tight to the string of your kite” and although often appearing foolish to the secular world, cling to Jesus and keep looking up… and every once in a while realize… Wow!! I feel a tug!