"I have but one candle of life to burn, and I would rather burn in out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light." -John Keith Falconer
As I prepare for my trip to Africa it is difficult to forget why I am going. I am going to share the love and gospel of Jesus Christ with AIDS orphans, but is that all I am doing? Am I prepared to leave everything behind me except for the Word and comfort of my Saviour? Am I prepared for my candle of life to be burned out in a land filled with darkness? I need not ask myself if I am more comfortable in a land filled with light, comfort, and all things familiar to me, or in a land of darkness where everything is new and frightening. I know the answer; I think we all do.
Nevertheless, the Lord has not called us to comfort, nor to ease. He has called us to be burning candles in the darkest corners of the earth he has created, to do hard things for His glory.
As I journey toward darkness I need not fear, for with me I carry the most marvelous light of all, the Light of the World. And in taking that light into a place darker than the one I came from I am fulfilling the call to which I have been called, depending only on His grace for my sustenance.
1 Peter 2:9 says that we are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, and a holy nation so that we may proclaim the excellence of Jesus Christ who called us out of darkness and into His marvelous light. We have been brought from darkness to light, ought it not be our greatest dream to lead others into that same marvelous Light?