Hebrews says we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. There are literally thousands in the heavenlies cheering us on. They have lived their call and their journey on this earth. They know the trials and tribulations, are familiar with our sufferings and temptations, but know the outcome. They are dwelling in "his good pleasure." They wake up in perfect l i g h t and p e a c e. They enthrone his m a j e s t y. They continue to carry out His good work, for His good pleasure.
Saints have entered my life rather haphazard. Definitely not your traditional sunday school classroom or text book. Let me introduce you to this interesting lot:
Let it suffice to say, then, that God perceives the imperfections within us, and because of his love for us, urges us to grow up. His love is not content to leave us in our weakness, and for this reason he takes us into a dark night. He weans us from all of the pleasures by giving us dry times and inward darkness....Through the dark night pride becomes humility, greed becomes simplicity wrath becomes contentment, luxury becomes peace, gluttony becomes moderation, envy becomes joy, and sloth becomes strength. No soul will ever grow deep in the spiritual life unless God works passively in that soul by means of the dark night.” (p 36 Dark Night of the Soul).
So this week when we are dressing up in silly garb and going door to door asking for treats, let us not miss the sweetness of the day after November 1st, All Saints Day. For it is a day we are reminded of the great cloud of witnesses--those before, those walking with us now, and those who will come. How wonderful that Jesus is gathering, forming, renewing, and reshaping His people into His likeness, for His pleasure, for our joy!
Who are you in that crowd? What glory do you reflect of our Creator? What do you bring to time, space, and history of the shared-in life with God? You never know whom might be affected by your ordinary life turned extraordinary by J e s u s....