I happen to get to go to these concerts with the biggest U2 fan around, my sweet husband. This time though, we also went with a great group of friends and though I didn't sit with my man, I had an awesome time sitting with the girls (who aren't all present for the picture), dancing, enjoying the music and being cold!
As we waited for the main act to come on, I looked out across the stadium at a sea of people: everyone there for the same reason, energy bouncing. I couldn't help but think of the Church. I thought about followers of Jesus across the world - living, serving and waiting for the Kingdom to be fulfilled -and what it would be like to be all in one place for just one night.
I surveyed the huge crowd on the floor and saw a small group of 6 people waving in my direction. I reluctantly waved back, not knowing if I really was the one whose attention they were trying to attract. When that little group started jumping up and down I realized (finally) that I did know them! They were my eagle-eyed friends who spotted us up in the stands. How cool is that?!
And maybe that's more like the experience we're meant to have in the here and now of the Church. Small clusters of people - call them churches, assemblies, gatherings - in a sea of unbelievers, shining our Light. All seeking to share the love Jesus and jumping up and down at the sight of someone they "know."
We are not alone.
We do not need to be separated by small doctrinal differences.
We are part of something bigger.
We are a part of God's plan for the world.
And just like the lights from the stage at the concert that filled the sky and were seen from miles around, we must shine where we are and seek to serve God together.
"You are the light of the world-
a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden."