When this photo came across my FB page, I was captured by the moment it records. The young man with the cello (whose name is Asher) is standing in a Nicaraguan trash heap, sharing God’s love and lifting up worship to Him in the midst of the dirt, the stench, the heat, the poverty. He hugs them, he prays for them, and they start to understand something about the God who loves them dearly.
We may not see dust and debris at our feet or in the lives of those we know well, or those we contact casually – but you can be sure that some of them are feeling that they, like those children, are standing in a “trash heap” of some kind. In Matthew 9:36, Jesus said, “Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.” His response? He “healed their sick” (Matt. 14:14); “I do not want to send them away hungry” (Matt. 15:32); “Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes” (Matt. 20:33); “Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him…” (Mark 1:41)