Dispatches

Walk Far

"If you want to walk fast, walk alone.
   If you want to walk far, 
walk with others."
- African Proverb

Five years passed before power came to my home in rural Kenya. That’s a short period of how time when you think of many people live a lifetime without electricity. Life without electricity takes on a different rhythm. You plan your day around doing as much as possible while the sun is out. Once the sun sets, it gets harder to find things you’re looking for. You go to sleep early so that you can wake up at first light.

Those five years taught me several lessons. First, the light source is critical. If you are far from that source, you may catch a glimpse of light in the distance but it is not strong enough to help you do anything. The source has to be close enough that you can tap into it.

Even then, you need the right connections to make the power useful. When power began to come into the community where I lived in Kenya, there were many family meetings to discuss how funds would be raised for the connection from the main line to our homes. For a while we watched as, one by one, neighbors received power and light. When you see light so near, it is really hard not to want it for yourself!

Because of that experience, I know what is involved when I turn a switch and lights come on. I don’t take light for granted. I don’t want to take spiritual light for granted either. We are wired, knit together in our mother’s womb, for connection to the source of power and light, God. Many of us spend far too long looking from a distance at a glimpse of light, when the source is right near us, longing for that connection.

Jesus told His disciples, “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). As a light-bearer, I don’t want to settle for a 40-watt bulb when I can be filled with the power of God to brighten up the part of the world where I live.

APRIL FOSTER HAS SERVED FOR 29 YEARS IN OVERSEAS MINISTRY IN JAMAICA, ZAMBIA, ZIMBABWE AND KENYA. IN HER SERIES, “WALK FAR,” SHE SHARES LESSONS LEARNED ALONG THE WAY. APRIL IS CURRENTLY THE DIRECTOR OF OTHERS – TRADE FOR HOPE, AN INITIATIVE BY THE SALVATION ARMY TO HELP PEOPLE GENERATE A STEADY SOURCE OF INCOME BY SELLING THEIR PRODUCTS THROUGH ARMY CHANNELS.  HTTP://WWW.TRADEFORHOPE.COM/HOME

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