Not long ago, my seven year old daughter was given a brand new kite. She was very excited about it and asked me for permission to fly it. At that point, I did what most 21st century parents would do–I opened my weather app and glanced at the wind forecast for the next several days. Unfortunately, the weather was showing little to no wind for several days. After learning this, she decided that wind or no wind, she was going to fly her kite. So she opened it up, put it together, and proceeded to run around the back yard frantically trying to keep the kite up in the air. Surprisingly it worked, but only for a short time. Eventually she got tired, and the kite came down. Several days later, God gave us a nice, windy day. After work, I got the kids together, we grabbed the kite and headed to the big open field behind our house. As we lifted the kite into the air, it was quickly carried by the wind to incredible heights. My daughter was especially amazed at how little effort it required. What was the difference? It was the same kite. It was the same kid. But this time there was wind. I read a verse the other day from Isaiah 32:15. The verse beings by saying, “Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high…” The word spirit means wind. Just as that kite could not fly well without the wind, we cannot function well without the Spirit of God. Too often we are trying, just like my daughter, to make something happen in our own effort. It is very tiring and very frustrating. Like the church in Acts 2, we need to learn to wait for the wind of the Spirit. Once the Spirit is poured out upon us from on high, ministering will be so much easier and so much more effective. Maybe it would be good for all of us to go fly a kite. There are many lessons to be learned.