J. Walter Cross tells of flying a kite with his son Jay in southern Florida during some windy weather: The wind was strong, and the kite grew smaller and smaller as it tugged against the string. The harder the wind blew, the higher the kite rose. Then there was a sickening snap! The string had broken. The kite was free, but it was no longer soaring higher. It was tumbling, falling crazily to dash itself against the ground or become tangled in the trees. What kept the kite airborne was the restraint of the string. When that was lost, the kite was unable to fly. It is not the absence of restraints that makes us free.
There is no freedom in life until one belongs to God. Every other form of it is an illusion. We find the freedom to achieve the greatest desires of our lives only when we live in that relationship. When Christ binds us to Himself, then we are free.
-- J. Walter Cross, as quoted in the journal of “Homiletics”, October-December 1994