A leader of a Jericho Girls Group, sent me an email about one of her favorite lessons in my book, Walls of a Warrior.
“A favorite reference: Kites and Snakes in Chapter 10, Walls of Resentment and Fear. While studying this chapter, a woman in our group shared that she had broken her husband’s favorite root beer mug that had his name on it. It was truly an accident, but she was freaking out. In view of the bigger things we were all going through at the time, the rest of us said, ‘It’s just a kite! Not a snake! He’ll be okay when he hears what happened!’ We all chuckled and then she calmed down and took a deep breath. Later, we heard that her husband completely understood and wasn’t upset with her.”
The story of kites and snakes came from my Siberian Husky Hanah, who spotted someone flying a kite in the neighborhood. She became terrified of the unidentified object and tuned around to go home. Since she had never seen a kite in our neighborhood, she assumed it was harmful and wanted nothing to do with that scary thing. Change is frightening isn’t it? The next day we took our same route and Hanah just about pounced on a snake. Fortunately, I pulled her back before she could be harmed.
It puzzled me that Hanah could be afraid of something she shouldn’t be fearful of (the kite) and not afraid of something she should’ve been (the snake). But then I thought, Isn’t that like me? Sometimes I fear things that will cause me no harm, yet there are times when I don’t fear the things that I should.
Some of my “kites” are fear of failure, however, I’m going to fail from time to time. I fear loss of control, even though I’m not truly in control anyway. On the flip side, I’m not as cognizant of spiritual things, like temptation or pride. These are the “snakes,” the things that can “bite” if I’m not careful.
What are the “kites” in your life? The things you fear and shouldn’t? What are the “snakes” in your life that you’re not afraid of even though you should be?