Thursday, February 24, 2011

Cloud-Carrying Friends

I was sitting on top of a cloud.  I guess you are closer to God when you are on top of a cloud rather than under a cloud.  Clouds are kind of fluffy and sometimes even see through.  I was concerned that I might fall through the cloud.  Ah, I didn’t need to fear.  Underneath the cloud was a large group of friends.  These friend’s arms were over their heads, their wrists bent backwards, palms up supporting my cloud.  These wonderful friends escorted me to the seminar I facilitated last week on listening to God. 

There was Dyxie who mentored me on how to “brand” myself.  That sounds kind of important, doesn’t it?  J  Thank you my friend.  There was Pat whose generosity provided resources for me to give away.  J  I so appreciate Kristi and Audrey and Carolyn and Jack and Jane who allowed me to share some of their stories.  J  Thank you to Jodi who opened her home.  J  And my other friends Jodi and Kim and Doris who took care of a lot of the behind the scenes work.  J  Then there was my friend Carol who partnered with me that day and Louise and Janine.  J  Your contributions were so appreciated. J  Thank you to Lisa who allowed me to share some of the work she had previously done.  J   Thank you to Carolyn and to Jennifer who shared their wisdom with me from afar.  J   Thank you to Lindy and Jenny and Chris and Blythe and Kathy and Marion and Carolyn who encouraged me by faith ~ before the fact.  J  And to the many many many friends who prayed with and for me that day.  J   And thank you to all who have inquired about the seminar.  I love telling the story of how my friends heard God speaking to them individually through His word that day.  This is all quite overwhelming.  Not only do I thank these wonderful friends, but I also know I share with them in the blessings of God’s good work that day. 

The picture of my cloud-carrying friends was a gift from God to me.  It was an illustration to me of Romans 12 and the other places in the Scriptures that speak of the body of Christ.  As believers we do life and ministry together.  What a wonderful gift.  I love it!

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.   For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.  Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them:…”  Romans 12:3-6

THANK YOU to all my friends who used their gifts to make this day of listening to God a blessing to so many.  I couldn’t have done it without you!      love, sue

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful! I love hearing how your community/family loves you and encourages you. What a precious gift!