I’m working through the Discipleship Journal Reading Plan in 2014 with my congregation.  One of the things I hope to do from time to time is write a short blog post with some reflections on that day’s reading.  We’ll see how long it lasts.

He replied, “The Father along has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know.  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.  And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere – in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him.  As they strained to see him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them.  “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven?  Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!” (Acts 1:7-11)

Ever been told that you’ve got your head in the clouds?  You aren’t alone.  In fact, you’re in good company.  Seems like the disciples did at times as well.  Thankfully, there are people around to remind us of something – it’s good to look up every once in a while, but it’s better to pay attention to what’s going on around you.

In some ways, I think these guys are here in the story to remind us – and the disciples – that there’s work to do.  What work?  The work that Jesus tells his disciples about at the beginning of the passage – sharing the good news, being witnesses of God’s action in the world.  Don’t be consumed by the lofty things to the detriment of the task at hand.