The red light was just long enough to break my heart.
I glanced over and saw him, the same age as one of my nephews, and he was staring out the window. Dirty blond hair hung long around the small boy’s smudged face. His eyes stared out the window, but they weren’t seeing the world with the eyes of a child.
In the front seat of the van were a man and a woman. The man’s finger jutted violently in front of him like he could poke and harm the person he was talking about even though they were not there. His face was angry, and his voice was loud. The woman listened, the man was speaking, and the child sat still as though he were unseen and invisible. But, I saw him.
“Look up child.” I wanted him to look at me so I could give him some of my smile. I wanted to silently tell him, “I see you.”
The boy never looked at me. The light turned green and the van sped off with him in the back seat, numbed by an environment of angry words and pointing fingers.
I wept. A child unloved is a dying child. I prayed for that little one and asked God to place love on that child who looked lost at an age where joy and exploration and discovery should fill his day.
I felt God whisper to my heart, “I see you like you saw him. Look up child. I heard your prayer for that little one.”
Billy Graham said once, “No matter where you are, God is there loving you.” If we are to be the literal hands and feet of Jesus to this world, we are often the ones there loving.
The little boy didn’t know I saw him and that I prayed for him, but I did place love over him in the form of a prayer. One of God’s names, and one of my personal favorites is El Roi. It means, “the God who sees me.”
The enemy of our souls is an accuser, a pointer of fingers and a destroyer of our hearts. But, the lover of our souls is a savior and the lifter of our heads and the healer of every wound.
So today, I say to you, “Look up child.” Know the love of the Father and that wherever you are today He is there loving you.
Don’t stop there though, pass that love along some how. I’d love to hear what you did to love someone today. Please leave a comment so we all can be encouraged.