Let's look a little closer.
Balloons that flew too high
Icarus flew too high, as well. Right to the sun
We were driving along yesterday when I spotted these colorful balloons against the blue winter sky. They had somehow gotten loose and floated too high, where they were stuck in the bare branches of a tree. And when I saw them, the first thing that came to mind was the Greek myth of Icarus. Don't ask me why, that's just the way my mind works. You see, Icarus got away and flew too high, too. Icarus and his father were exiled in Crete, and Icarus' father thought of an escape plan. They would simply fly away! He made two pairs of wings out of feathers and wax. Putting a pair on Icarus, he warned his son not to fly too close to the sun or the sea. Icarus took off. But he was soon overcome with the giddiness of flying and with curiosity. He flew too close to the sun and it melted his wings. He still kept flapping, but only with his bare arms. And so he fell into the sea and drowned. The Icarian Sea bears his name. The story of Icarus and the story of Adam and Eve both seem the same to me. None of them listened to their fathers, and death resulted. It just took a little longer for Adam and Eve. It's a story as old as the hills. Icarus was curious and distracted by the beautiful sun, Adam and Eve by the serpent. When God created Satan, he was beautiful, an angel of light, and I believe the serpent must have been beautiful as well. Perhaps nothing like the serpants we know now. It was only later that God cursed him to crawl on his belly. It's usually the beautiful things in this life that distract us and cause us to fall. Over and over again this story repeats itself, and I believe it always will. One of my blog friends, Sandra, has a sympathy and affinity for things ugly or unwanted. She sees the beauty in them. She knows that "All that glitters is not gold", as the saying goes. But some things that don't glitter are gold. And looking for the hidden beauty in them can be pretty rewarding.
"And the Lord God commanded the man "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it, you will surely die." Genesis 2:17