In a recent book, Realizing Significance by James Perry and published by the Theocentric Publishing Group, the passage in Mark 4:36 is studied. It is dealing with the “other little boats” that were caught in a storm. One can become so preoccupied with self interest that the little boats, little people and other sheep can be overlooked or viewed as insignificant, inconsequential, unimportant or unnecessary.
Chapter One of the book contains the following illustration: There was a note on Facebook as a Mother wrote about her adopted son and his fifth Birthday in July. In a very moving and touching way, she wrote: “Five years ago a little gypsy boy was born in a rural Hungarian hospital. He was three weeks early, blind in one eye, had a scary-sounding infection, and his mother left him. I didn’t know anything about it, but that little boy was my son. We missed the first 3 years, 4 months, and 2 days of his life and I will always be sad for that loss. But today we get to celebrate our sweet, crazy, funny, Hungarian Gypsy Alabama Batman boy. And it’s gonna be exciting!” He is a friendly and active little boy who has responded well to the care and affection from those who have become part of his life – just another of the little boats and little people”and other sheep/lambs who are so easily overlooked. He is special to be because he is my Great Grandson.
When one thinks about the multitude of orphans throughout the world, representing many different language groups, a consideration surfaces in terms of how one can communicate with an orphan who (a) does not know the language of a host country, and (b) in all likelihood has not come from a familial setting where “love” was part of a daily experience and interaction. Even though some might say that the universal language of “love” should be able to communicate adequately, what if this person has never been in a place or context where “love” was displayed and experienced? What if you never experienced a personal interpersonal relationship where there was familial and personal love, would you have a working definition and understanding of true love?
The only way one can understand and sense the true meaning of love is by means of a relationship. From a Biblical reference, we learn from I John 4:10 (NLT), “This is real love–not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” This is the only source for true love and the place one must begin if there is to be a complete understanding of what love is and how in can impact a human life.