There is a quote by Mother Theresa that I read the other day while visiting Missionaries of Charity. She said this:
“IF SOMEONE SEES GOD IN ME, I AM HAPPY. I SEE GOD IN EVERYONE, AND ESPECIALLY IN THOSE WHO SUFFER.
One of the things I love about going overseas with Compassion is the chance to see the image of God in the people. Each culture is different and God becomes so much bigger to me and more brilliant and beautiful as I experience God’s image in the eyes, the feet, the tiny hands, the smell, the touch, and the smiles of children around the world.
Today I was made aware of God’s image through a little girl who eagerly led us to her tiny home to meet her family. Her sweet little giggle is my new favorite song and the way she gently held my hand made me feel as if I was holding the hand of Jesus.
I saw the image of God in the kids that wanted to play with me at the project. Their smiles made me feel like I was someone special. It was as if Jesus was smiling at me. They made me laugh too. They wanted me to dance for them and I didn’t know what to do. Instead, I sang them a song, “Jesus loves me.” Then they clapped.
I saw the image of God with those who suffer. I saw a child today with a severe skin problem. I met two boys with dirty, torn clothing who can’t go to school because their parents need them to work in order to survive. I met a mother who lost her child to death. I saw other children that physically had signs of malnutrition. I saw the tears of a child who biffed it on the ground. I saw people sleeping on the dirty streets. I saw a young girl about 12 years old with a dress that was so torn that it was almost falling apart.
So today, I have a little better picture of what God looks like. Mother Theresa had an image of God that inspired her to give her whole self to serving the poor day after day. Wow! I have so much to learn and so far to go in my walk with Christ. I better not get too comfortable with myself.