Clouds . . . .rolling in dark and ominous packing powerful winds and rain . . . . gently swaying in over a mountain valley and enveloping the entire area in a soft white blanket of protection . . . . systematically approaching from the ocean as one awaits from high up in an island mountainside . . . . What a picture of strength, power, protection, and yes, even drastic change!
The "cloud of witnesses" in Hebrews 12:1 represents beleievers both past and present who are examples for us to follow. Their "presence" can encourage us, strengthen us, comfort us and even cause an unexpected move in our lives. Their witness is there for us realize we too can do great things for the Lord. They faced challenges, storms, and times of disappoitment, yet they persevered.
Be encouraged! There are witnesses in our lives today, not just these examples of biblical heroes. There are parents, friends, neighbors, and fellow church members God has in place from whom we can gleen both example and advice. They offer encouragement, power, hope and protection.
Do not fight the challnges of walking with Christ . . . embrace them!