flight one:: mackenzi sandberg ! (team swazi)

flight one. hour 4/13. an old man placed at the window seat of the plane unveiled the plastic cover from the protective glass it hides. i straighten my back trying to poke my head above the rows of chairs separating my eyes from peaking at the light. and wow. blended oh so delicately are golden streaks of pink and orange and yellow that rest on top of the plain canvas of dusty clouds we are quite literally flying above. somehow god always picks the right paintbrush. the plane cabin was very well dimmed and darkened to accompany the atmosphere of resting minds and bodies; yet, it took only one person with the desire to see the sunrise to make a way for streaks of light to meet my eyes far down the aisle. a simple reminder that is takes only one person lit with the love of jesus to change an atmosphere; darkness will never hide in the light. mathew 5:14-16 says “you are the light of the world. a town built on a hill cannot be hidden. neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. in the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven.” if it takes one lamp to light a room, how much more can 16 people reflecting the heavenly father change the people of swaziland??? what a beautiful pictures that comes with a question never carrying an answer too big because we praise a father without limits on his love. we might only see the spark but what follows is the flame. im still hours away from africa, know next to nothing about the culture that is supposed to embrace me for the next four weeks, and still can’t answer the question of “what will you be doing on your mission?” without extremely vague words. but what god has provided in this moment is expectance. and that is enough.

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