“I have but one candle of life to burn and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light” -John Falconer
This week my surrounding was not the usual 100 degree natural state with mosquitoes biting at my legs but instead the nation’s Capitol (whose ratio of mosquitoes are not as high). I walked where our nation’s founders walked. I stood where our nation’s leaders spoke. And I ate plenty of cupcakes.
It was so cool learning about our nation’s past, present, and seeing monuments and memorials honoring different events and people. Not having much interest in history, I went in for the cupcakes and surprised myself when I came out with some knowledge (plus some extra cupcakes).
But what caught my eye the most was the impact America has on the world and the world on us. We would not be here if it weren’t for the help of other countries and the same for them with our assistance back.
“I will make you as a light to the nations so that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” Isaiah 49:6
When we take our eyes off ourselves we see God’s heart for the nations all throughout scripture. Because God is not an “American God” he deeply cares about the whole world knowing Him, which means we should too. And it blows my mind that He leaves it to us to carry His heart for the nations.
Whatever it looks like, we are to be shinning. Wherever it is, it should reach the nations. This “global God” of ours calls us to be His light–what an honor. A challenge I so deeply need is to refocus myself off my fulfilling cup, and onto sharing the experience of grace. And my prayer is for that light to reach the nations–just as He’s called it to go.