Mara Wickett, Ecuador
My favorite moment of the entire day was a very simple one with one of the boys, Pablito, the quietest of the (very) rowdy bunch. As we trekked around the park to find a suitable home base, I stretched out my hand, offering to carry the bag he was holding. Without missing a beat, Pablito instead eagerly reached out his hand and took mine, and we walked on quietly, hand in hand. It was such a simple moment, but it touched me profoundly. It was a lesson to me in the simplicity of love. How easy it can be to make someone feel loved and how often I fail to make those small gestures – an outstretched hand, an encouraging word, a listening ear. I wonder how many small gestures of love Christ made to those He encountered – we know of His miracles and teachings – but I can only imagine how many lives He touched through a simple, hidden gesture. His love is so intensely perfect that it was present in everything He did. If I am called to be like Christ, then I must learn to pour all of my love into the smallest of gestures. In which case, it’s a good thing that I have 12 more months of learning here in Ecuador!