When we read in Heb. 12:1 that we are surrounded by a great “cloud of witnesses”…we may picture a stadium in which men and women of faith who have gone before us, and are cheering us on as we run. Yet, instead of entering the stadium at the end of the race, let’s picture ourselves, as John Maxwell does, entering the stadium somewhere in mid-race, to the inspiring cheers and thunderous roar of the crowd. Imagine next that some of these great heroes of the faith begin coming down one by one from the stands to jog a lap with us; and to encourage us on our journey. As we begin our first lap, we see a very old man and woman coming down to greet us...their faces are weathered, yet their eyes radiate with life: “I am Abraham….and I am Sarah.” We only run a few steps when they turn and say with confidence, “You can trust God’s plan." Click this link to download.