I was listening to the second reading in church today and yet again was just transfixed by the images it brought to mind:
Hebrews 12:1-3 – 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. For the joy that was set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
The part I absolutely love is being surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses. Look up at the sky and just imagine all those Christians gone before us, cheering us on as we run our race. Having been watching the Olympics lately this just fills me with such positivity whilst I am running with perseverance I am being cheered on from every side, supported and championed by God.
I look around and see the crowd, I close my eyes I hear the murmur of excited anticipation, I fall, I sense the crowd’s frustration and as I get back to my feet I feel the sharp intake of breath, the elation as I start to run again, I am surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses who will remain with me until I finish the race and as I consider the sea of faces I am elated, I throw off everything that hinders me, the sin that entangles me, I fix my eyes on Jesus the perfecter of my faith, this is my race, I may stumble, I may fall, but I rise up like a mighty warrior, overcoming all barriers, striking out at the enemy as I escape his trickery, Jesus is with me as I claim the victory.