Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. ~ Hebrews 12:1-2a (NIV)
We have come to believe He would like us to keep our heads in the clouds with Him, but that our feet ought to be firmly planted on earth… We have found nothing incompatible between a powerful spiritual experience and a life of sane and happy usefulness. ~ Alcoholics Anonymous, page 130.
The five-year-old within trembles with fear, paralyzed, seeing no one but strangers, disapproving and aloof. That same child in a grown-up body stepping into a roomful of strangers with a common problem, sharing a common solution, delights in coming home. Even Jesus said, “By myself, I can do nothing.” How much greater is that truth for us? Yet, we’re not alone. If we keep our heads in the clouds, running the race marked out for us, what wondrous results we realize!
We replicate the universe and humanity – history, past, present, and yet to come – and the spirit of holiness and of our fellows melds uniquely to individualize each of us.
Be quiet and feel the presence of God and your own cloud of witnesses. Pause in chaos to sense their peace, to claim your peace.