There’s a charming story told of a young boy listening with rapt attention to the exciting account of how Yahshua fed five thousand people with only five small loaves and two fish. Was the boy to whom they belonged excited to share his lunch with such an amazing Teacher and Healer? He certainly wasn’t expecting to see the disciples settling everyone down to eat. Nor was he expecting to see Yahshua bless his lunch and start distributing it to them all [Matthew 14:13-21]! It must have been electrifying to see the food stretch and grow until 5000 people were filled and satisfied. And astonishing when the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces. As he came to an end, the storyteller paused. “Why do you think Yahshua wanted all the pieces picked up?” he asked. Wide-eyed, the boy shot up his hand, “Because the Park Keeper would have been cross if they’d left any litter,” he answered confidently. Was he right? When I see present-day news items about the tons of litter we leave everywhere, I’m proud to think that Yahshua organised a ‘clean up’ after His miracle.
“Care,” writes Charles Spurgeon, “is always taken by [Messiah] to pick up all the broken pieces.” Yahshua was anointed to heal broken hearts [Luke 4:18, KJV], and suffered brokenness to bring us wholeness. He was personally acquainted with anguish, grief, and trauma. He experienced anxiety, weakness, betrayal, and depression. In Gethsemane, His sorrow was so acute He felt as though He were dying under its weight. Later, He was tormented, bullied, mocked, abused, humiliated, rejected, abandoned, tyrannised, disfigured, and thrashed within an inch of His life. Somewhere in that list is the pain that breaks your heart. He suffered so you might be healed.
Yahshua understands about pain, knows about the darkness, the scars behind the smiles, the image we project to our personal world. He is still the Anointed Messiah. If you ask Him, He will carefully collect the broken pieces of your heart, tenderly put them back together and heal you with love and gentleness.