About the Desire of Nations card
Come, Desire of Nations, Come
The nations don’t know they desire Jesus yet. But they
do. Jesus is our ultimate and only real hope, whether we
know it or not. One day everyone will know His name.
We will all see Him—to our everlasting horror, or our
When I work on a developing new card ideas, I begin
by free-associating Bible verses with phrases and images
I keep in a notebook for this purpose. Desire of nations
from “Hark the Herald Angel Sing” is in there. Matthew
12:21 (In His Name the nations will put their hope) and
Isaiah 2:2 (In the last days, the mountain of the house of the
Lord will be established as the chief of the mountains, And it
will be raised above the hills; And all the nations will stream
to it.) are in there too.
One day last fall it hit me: what if the flags of many
nations were flying like streamers off the name of Jesus?
Flags are by nature dependent. They are attached to
something—they don’t fly by themselves. The idea of this
card is to show that the nations depend upon Him.
When I looked online for stock images of flags, I discovered
that there are a lot of nations! I couldn’t show all
200+ of them and have them still be recognizable as flags.
So I picked a few from each continent and put them in
rows. Then I began to twist and distort the rows so it
would look like the flags were blowing in the wind.
Maybe you already know this, but my intention in making
this kind of art is not really to develop “seasonally
appropriate” cards. My intention is to lift up the name
of Jesus. Cards are a means to an end. When people buy
these cards to send to their friends, we are collaborating
together to share the Gospel.