Do you want to be free?

So often freedom and control seem to be at odds with each other. But freedom always follows from divine Love's control.

I once sat on the top of a low cliff, looking out at the brilliant blue of the sea and sky. There had been a storm the night before, but now the morning was clean and sparkling. Gulls were floating effortlessly on a stiff fresh wind. Suddenly I heard a whirring and rustling from above. Looking up, I saw a kite—five brightly colored diamond shapes with long tails unfurling behind and held horizontally by two guidelines. It soared high, then swooped low with incredible speed and grace all in one specific perimeter of space. A young man, standing below on a rock near the ocean, was maneuvering the kite with great skill. Even though not moving from the spot, he controlled it effortlessly, letting out more line then drawing it in, raising one arm, then the other, putting the kite into the currents of air. It sailed and soared across the sky in the wind. Without the guiding hands, the kite would have been carried off wild and uncontrolled over the ocean until it would have inevitably descended and been lost.

I thought of the statement in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered and founded Christian Science: "The world would collapse without Mind, without the intelligence which holds the winds in its grasp." Science and Health, p. 209. And it is also interesting to read the reference to wind in the Glossary of that book, which gives the spiritual and material meanings of the word: "That which indicates the might of omnipotence and the movements of God's spiritual government, encompassing all things. Destruction; anger; mortal passions." Ibid., p. 597.

April 20, 1987

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