What does this look like to you?


Another grueling day at work. The hours are long and sales are down. Okay, let’s face it, sales are always down. Good grief, a successful rock salesman in the desert couldn’t make this business work. Wait, this is a rock sale in the desert, only it’s not successful and he’s not a man. In fact, he is little more than a toddler.

1 John 3:17, “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?” NIV


I was up on my high horse when I passed the pitiful sight. Actually I was even higher, I was perched on the hump of a camel. I first saw the child sitting in front of a board displaying rocks. His head and eyelids drooped. He couldn’t have been more than four-years old. Five hours later, the desert sun left his hot, dehydrated body laying in front of the same board, same rocks. He was glassy-eyed and covered with flies. Dear God, my dog lives better than this. All I knew to do was pray to the God who sees..

Genesis 16:13, “Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, ‘You are a God who sees‘; for she said, ‘Have I even remained alive here after seeing Him?'” NASB


Fortunately, my friend used her able-bodied legs which placed her in a position to help. She stopped and handed him her water bottle. Unblinking, he reached out his dusty hand, turned it up and let the lukewarm liquid slide down his throat in one gulp. With pleading eyes, he tapped his fingers on his cracked lips. She unzipped her backpack and found a protein bar. He gobbled it down.

Matthew 10:42, “Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won’t lose out on a thing.” MSG


Who is he?

What does this look like to you?

Does he look like a baby terrorist?

Or does he look like a child created in the image of God?

Luke 18:16, “But Jesus called them to him, saying, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.'” ESV


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You don’t have to agree with me, but for Christ’s sake, will you pray? Have compassion on a hungry, thirsty child who is forced to work an unproductive job at the age of four. If you stay in the saddle of your horse or on the hump of your camel, you aren’t in a position to do anything..

Romans 12:3, “For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one.” HCSB


I’m not trying to persuade you to do anything except care. I know you do, your heart would have to be dry and cracked to not care about this child. Together, we can be a voice; a voice for those who have no voice. A voice of God’s and compassion for every tribe and tongue and nation, including Ishmael’s descendants. Not a political voice, a human voice.

Proverbs 31:8, “Speak up for those who have no voice, for the just of all who are dispossessed. Speak up, judge righteously, and defend the cause of the oppressed and needy?” HCSB

What will you do?

Will you dare to speak up?

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  1. Wow…so my heart is not cracked and dried. Neither are my wet cheeks. How courageous you are to let your heart take this in and then share it so eloquently to pull us in to pray. Thank you.

  2. We don’t even understand how privileged we are. We should all be required to take that trek you and your friend were on. Thank you for sharing the reality that so many face. A cup of cold water. A scrap of bread or protein bar. Lord, forgive us.

  3. I’ve been reading this over and over, Vickie. I needed desperately to soak every word in. You’ve seen this with your own tear filled eyes, you’ve opened your heart to this crisis, and that’s what I needed to do. Thank you my precious friend – time for me to pray now. I hope others will join us! Love you!😘

  4. Guess I am not surprised a few unsubscribed due to this post. So many people have only their opinion and nothing else is tolerated. Thank you for sharing this. I have my opinion but love to hear what others think. Your post brings out another side the world does not always see. A child is just that in every country, a child.

  5. This brought tears to my eyes as well it should. Over my career I traveled quite a bit and saw a lot of mankind’s mistreatment to man woman and child. I got some poor comments from people I was traveling with because I would give a child something to eat or slip the adults a little money. I was always told it was a scam but, in my heart I couldn’t believe that. The bad part is I saw the similar things in our own nation and still see people trying to take advantage of others. If only one is helped in His Name it is worth every penny. Prayer is one of the most important things we can do. God Bless you and yours.