If we were to stay awhile in one of those cities and came to know and love certain people there, and understood their culture, they would no longer all look the same to us. We would see them as individuals and begin to see their individual needs.
The more you know about any subject, the less you think in general terms and the more you think in individual terms. God knows everything about every one of us. He is the source of all knowledge and truth. He does not see us as just a sea of God has been challenging me with that quite a bit just this week. He sees us and loves us as individuals.
Jesus saw Bartimaeus and cared about the poor beggar's blindness. He called for Bartimaeus to come to Him and Bartimaeus responded in excitement. He threw off his cloak and came to Jesus. "What would you ask of me?" Jesus asked him. "Restore my sight," begged Bartimaeus. And Jesus answered, "Your faith has healed you."
Our faith can heal those of us who are sitting by the side of the road today. Would you eagerly "throw off your cloak" and come to Jesus? Can you believe that the God of this huge universe cares about your needs and will see you through whatever crisis you are dealing with? There is healing in faith like this.
When Jesus wanted to illustrate the love of the Father, he pointed to a tiny sparrow and asked, "Are you not of more value than they?" We are of infinite value to the Father, and we need to be reminded that He cares about us as individuals. All that we need to do is open our eyes and see Him as He works in and through us. (Read Mark 10:46-52)