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When calamity strikes, KS Maui Kahu Kalani Wong KSK’74 reminds us to not panic or fear. Instead, call on ke Akua for he he will swoop down and lift us up on the wings of the wind and help to find peace that passes all understanding.

Weekly devotional: On the wings of the wind

July 29, 2022

Ka Ipu o Lono shares weekly devotionals to provide spiritual enrichment to members of the Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana. For more inspiration, visit the KS “Our faith” website.

Heluhelu Baibala
Ua hoʻohaʻahaʻa ihola ʻo ia i nā lani, a iho maila;
Ma lalo hoʻi o kona mau wāwae ka pouli.
Ua holo ia ma ke keruba, ua lele nō hoʻi ia:
ʻOiaʻiʻo, ua lele ʻo ia ma nā ʻēheu o ka makani.
– Nā Halelū 18:9-10

He parted the heavens and came down;
dark clouds were under his feet.
He mounted the cherubim and flew;
he soared on the wings of the wind.
– Psalm 18:9-10

He manaʻo o ke kahu
I remember making kites when I was a kid. I used split bamboo for the frame, newspaper for the body, and a ripped t-shirt for the tail. It was your typical diamond shape. It worked for a brief while before it came crashing down.

We have a friend who takes kite-making to the next level. He uses extruded fiberglass for his frame and has several different designs. He’ll fly them in the early morning on the Kahului breakwater where the wind is not too strong yet constant. The day I caught up with him, he was testing his latest prototypes. Prototypes you ask? Yup, he makes kites for a living and has them in stores all around the nation. His headquarters is in San Diego but likes to test his kites here on Maui because we have better wind. It was quite relaxing watching the kites flutter in the wind, high above the hustle and bustle of folks heading off to work.

How would you like to be a kite, soaring on the wings of the wind? Sometimes life gets so challenging, that that would be a great reprieve. David sang the words of Psalm 18 when the Lord delivered him from the hand of Saul and all his enemies. He was in pain and in search for peace. The mokuna opens with him calling ke Akua his rock, fortress, and deliverer. Then he shares his struggles, “The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me. The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.” Kawika was in deep pain so he called out and Iehova parted the clouds of despair. He swoops in on the wings of the wind to rescue Kawika and bring him peace.

When calamity strikes you, do not panic or fear. Remember that ke Akua is YOUR rock and fortress. Call upon him and he will swoop down and lift you up on the wings of the wind where you will find peace that passes all understanding. In that place, take in the breath of life to calm your nerves and ease your mind. Once you’ve experienced that comfort, and are ready to step back out, be the wind beneath the wings of those who need your kōkua. Bring them ka mālie o ke Akua, the peace of God.

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