Daniel and I had the opportunity to take a wander around Oxford today. It was very helpful for me personally.
There is something about standing where so many people have stood before that somehow puts things in perspective.
A particularly poignant moment for me was when Daniel and I stood in Christ Church college cathedral and read this pavement stone:
We are staying with my sister, her husband and my nephews and nieces.
We stood where John and Charles Wesley had also stood many years before, full of enthusiasm and grand plans, only months before the deep disillusionment that was an essential part of the journey that would form the genesis of the Methodist movement.
We strolled around the grounds that C.S. Lewis, J.R. Tolkien and Lewis Carol frequented and we walked along the same streets that Cromwell’s army marched down.
As I surveyed the Oxford skyline, I was reminded just how few years comparatively we each get to tread the “mortal coil.”
The book of Hebrews tells us that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, that those who have gone before are cheering us on. When it feels like our own world is too important or too overwhelming, it’s helpful to remember just how temporary our lives actually are and from that point of view find our bearings. Somehow today I found that very comforting!