Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

 
Waiting for Weightlessness
 
Last  week the space shuttle launched once more.  Once more our nation has chosen to explore the last frontier. When I was young I was always amazed by the launches.  I always wondered what it felt like to float about weightless  far above the earth.  As I watched this time I wondered if those who went up prayed before they got on that spaceship. I wondered if they will pray while they are  up on the spaceship.
 
Last week as I thought of space, I thought of God.  He fills all space.  I wondered what He thinks of man in a spaceship, soaring high into the stars that He created for us  to look up and see.   I wondered what it would feel like to pray and worship Him in a spaceship,  weightless, far above the earth.  I wondered would I  feel closer to Him there than here. I know I would feel so very small  way up there, even smaller than I feel way down here when I worship our mighty God, Creator of this gigantic universe.
 
Sometimes when I feel really close to God, when I am worshipping, it almost feels like I am floating, as I draw closer to Him and He draws closer to me. I guess it is just the feeling of releasing, letting go of ever burden, every care, and worry as I worship.   Can you imagine  experiencing that feeling of floating as if you are  weightless,  and actually being weightless, floating high above the earth in a spaceship among the stars?
 
  Even though I, and  I am sure all of you,  have had those mountain top experiences when we feel as if  we can just reach out and touch God, there are also those times God seems very  far away.  Sometimes it seems as if my  prayers just aren't getting  where I want them to go. It seems no matter how hard I  try I just can't feel God. 
 
As I thought of feeling distant from God today, I knew God hadn't moved further away.  He was still in the same place He was yesterday and the day before.  The feeling of separation  from God was coming  from within me.  God did nothing to create this distant feeling.
 
 As  I thought of how to close the space between myself and God,  I envisioned myself climbing  prayerfully on a  spaceship and going up,  worshipping my Redeemer, recognizing His Headship and Lordship over my life,  restoring my relationship with my Father, rekindling  my courtship with my Savior whom  I fell in love with, reuniting in  fellowship with my very  best Friend. 
 
Even though the space between God and myself sometimes seems vast and unending, I know I can close the gap.  I don't need a spaceship.   I only need a mind free from the weights of this world, a  humble, truthful, voice calling out to my Jesus,  a spirit ready to soar,  a heart ready to trust Him completely as He lifts me up,  taking  me high above all the cares and worries of this life here below on earth.
 
As we......
Hebrews 12:1
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
John 4:24
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
 
God will...
Psalms 28:9 
Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.