My Great Cloud of Witnesses

Hebrews 12:1  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 perserverance the race marked out for us. 

 Lately, I have found my self in situation of discontent.  Before I get blasted-let me explain.  I am very content in God, and overall with my progress in my faith walk.  But I tend to be critical to others who are my sisters in Christ.  So I asked HIM “whats up with me?”  Why is it so hard to have a conversation with my sisters without leaving the conversation feeling emptier than it began?  So here are some thing that the Lord and I have been walking through.

I have had some very awesome people and great lovers of Jesus in my life for the last several years, and lost the closest one a little more than a year ago.  She is now residing in Heaven.  She has greatly influenced me, and caused me to question myself and the Lord, and to dig into HIS word.  She encouraged me to be real, and were very upfront about my shortcomings.  Her name is Gladys Applegate.  Oh how dear she still is to me.  I got to spend a little time with her before she went to heaven.  Gladys was a retired school teacher, and did not mix words with me.  I loved her for that.  We spent lots of hours together working on things for church, and sometimes just to drink coffee and talk.  She was an amazing person, and she really loved Jesus.  She always encouraged me to be the person HE made me to be, even if no one else understood. 🙂 Lately I have been missing her alot! Mostly because I want to talk to her about the things I have been thinking and to hear her tell me flat out..”you better love girl!, or you better pray to love that person..never mind we’ll just do it right now”, or my favorite rebuking she used to give me…”girl you better pray about that tongue of yours”..that always made us both laugh, due to her tongue was whipping me. I called her “Applecake” and she always smiled, and no one else was allowed to call her that.

Today talking to the Lord, I just cried and said I really miss her, and there is no one else who walks beside me on this road that I know, and sometimes doing the right things can make for a very lonely day.  I know that the Lord is always with us, and I know that HE is my refuge and my shield, and my hiding place…and HE is my best friend.  In my blockheaded state of mind…I just was enjoying my missing her!  HE reminded me today that the ones that have taught me the most about HIM, who have moved on to Glory, have joined my great cloud of witnesses, and they are cheering me on to finish this race well.  They have already finished the race, and now it is my turn to run it to win.  I am greatly encouraged! 

Later today, I was very irritated, and my tongue was about to fly…and then I remembered…”you better pray about that tongue girl”, and I did.  Some how I feel alot better about things, knowing that God is always here, and my cloud of witnesses, knowing that they have passed the baton to me, have taught me truth, and have shown me how to seek the Lord, and follow HIM with my heart.  God is always good, so even in my pity party with myself…HE has turned a very cloudy day into a day filled with HIS Sonshine.  Run Princess, run the race to win.  Don’t let anything sidetrack you, or distract you…just run to win the prize!  You have a great cloud of witnesses as well…and they are cheering you on. 

Maybe I have been critcal of my sisters due to they are not on this road or running the race at the same place I am.  But you know I really do love them.  Jesus has to be my everything for my everything.  That is all that works for me, and I will come across that finished line probably ripped up from all the falling I do, but make no mistake…I am coming in!

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14 responses to “My Great Cloud of Witnesses

  1. I’ve never really thought about our “cloud of witnesses” before. I what you wrote. Even when I feel discouraged I can remember all the people still there for me even if I can’t see them.

  2. I’ve never really thought about our “cloud of witnesses” before. Even when I am discouraged, I can remember all the people still there for me even thought I can’t see them.

    If this is a repeat comment, please delete it. The first one seems to have disappeared.

  3. Laurie Lloyd

    I love you Darla. It sounds like Gladys was a very special friend and sometimes they are hard to find.
    I am sure you touched her heart by remembering her today and missing her. I’d give you a big HUG if I could reach you, but know you are hugged!!! I sent you an email tonight. (In case you haven’t checked)
    I love you girl. Laurie

    redheadrev: “oh! there it is now!” You’re so cute!
    The blogs that really get me backwards are the ones where you have to enter a wierd code word before it will accept your post. I have to really slow down on those ones as they aren’t in the dictionary!
    Everyone have a wonderful week and know you are special.

  4. ang

    Oh girl, I am almost sad for you, but rejoice in your pain at the same time…Tam knows, I have been going through my own time of letting go.

    But siesta, letting go must happen, for God to really use us.

    Focus on HIM alone, is key!

    I promise you He will pluck every person from your life, and place them in the background until He knows you hear HIS voice alone, and are not looking for those talk with others, but HIM alone!

    I don’t know if this is what you were talking about, but all this just poured out as usual.

    Love ya,

    angie

  5. ang- thanks for your comment, I have a life time of learning this one! You’d think I would get it by now. 🙂
    LL-love love love you!
    Redheadedrev-I am keeping the comments, they are too cute and make me smile! Praying for you and what you are going into!

    If you have never check out the redhead on her blog..please do it!!

  6. This is so timely! SHOCK! This is one of the scriptures that my hubby was reading to Mom over the weekend. She loved to listen to the Psalms….thank you for this. Sometimes the Lord has allowed me to have no one walk beside me as well, just so He can be my everything….it is a sweet time. Love you, and I’m always there for you sweet friend

  7. A cloud of witnesses. I’ve read that verse so many times, but today I read it and envisioned all those people who have already joined my Jesus and it just brought tears!

    Thank you for making me stop and remember them. I spent a little time thanking God for them and the role they have played in my life.

    I also had a good laugh at the “girl, you’ve got to pray about that tongue.” That is so something one of my dearest friends would say. And something I usually need to hear!!!!

    I LOVE you and thank you for being so transparent here.

    Anticipating HIM,
    steph.

  8. Praise the Lord that You share your experiences with us. I am encouraged to press on. I pray we encourage one another in this race. Let us encourage one another to finish it even with bumps, bruises, scrapes and scars. 🙂
    Blessings in Christ–

  9. thouartloosed

    Darla,
    What a testimony to your friend that she continues on influencing your walk even after she has finished her race. This was an encouragement to me.
    Kathy

  10. Darla,

    That is the passage that I will be teaching on when I speak at a local ladies event in February. The theme for the event is “Be A Blessing” and I’l use that passage to explain how we, like those who have gone on, can be a blessing.

    Praying the Lord sends another “Gladys” into your life!!

    Leah
    http://www.thepoint-leah.blogspot.com

  11. tam

    Our words are so powerful! They can either damage another beyond repair – or give life and hope, like Gladys’s words. She obviously IS still with you…

  12. Laurie Lloyd

    Love You and hope you are having the best weekend full of rest and Love. Thanks for not running a race on ME!!!:)

    Love and Blessings, Laurie

  13. LL-you are stuck with me! ROTFL!!!!

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