Not wanting to spend money unnecessarily, I finally broke down and did it. I purchased a small laptop/notebook computer. The hinge on my old computer gave up the ghost and the dinosaur finally had to be laid to rest—but only after expiring in Cuba, just in time for a Caribbean burial.
But let’s get back to the purchase of my new little techy pocketbook – I mean notebook. After installing all the needed software, I see a cloud every time I open it. No matter what I do, I cannot stop the Word-association I make to Hebrews 12:1—the great cloud of witnesses. I use my computer—I see the cloud—and my mind recites:
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.
The idea of the cloud in the computer is to store documents literally “in the air,” instead of using the storage capacity on the computer. The sell is the cloud is always above you, safeguarding your documents like a fort of down feathers with hidden treasure. Don’t be limited by an actual terrestrial hard drive—let the heavens hold your treasure. Sound familiar? It’s accessible and shareable by more than one person at a time. WOW! The C-L-O-U-D!
I appreciate—even celebrate—my forerunners and our forefathers who comprise the cloud of Hebrews 12. But where I have to break with the metaphor is in this. I have so many people in the cloud (and it’s growing) — but I need a cloud of people here and now! Tangible! Not a download of history—but a living soul I can give the down low to! (After telling Jesus, of course.) Are you feeling me?
Jeff and I spend a large portion of our time praying for and encouraging pastors and leaders—the greatest people ever, according to price they pay. And we have been so burdened of late to see the greatest people ever suffer isolation, depression or oppression in the daily of trying to lead and care for other people. (I am going somewhere with this.)
In leadership there are times—moments– when our faith’s fringe is frayed or just maybe the fringe is intact but the core is cracked. You know—a good hair day with a broken heart? This is when we need to remember, dear friend, we have each other. Reach out and touch someone is not just an old ad campaign, but what the Lord Himself created – along with the clouds. So while we lead let’s bear each other’s burdens. (Galatians 6:2)
Let’s connect with each other – the greatest people ever- in triumphs and in trials.
I would rather run with the cloud. Wouldn’t you?