“From Heaven, the Lord looks down and sees all mankind.” Psalm 33:13
He stole my heart the way a baseball player steals a base-- in the blink of an eye and before I even knew it was happening. I took in his angelic face, his infectious smile, and his boundless energy, and I was smitten. Instantly.
His name was Jacob. He was seven years old.
As I watched his bat connect with the ball, time and time again, I marveled at his timing and his aim. Not many boys his age would have so masterfully conquered the skills of… tee ball. Especially, if they could not see the ball, or the tee on which it was perched.
You see-- Jacob was blind.
My assignment was to bring in a feature report on people helping people. My search led me to Jacob and his youth league coach. Retinoblastoma had robbed Jacob of his eyes when he was four years old. But his pre-school memories of playing tee ball in the back yard remained vivid in his mind and he wanted to play once again. By seeming coincidence, a youth league coach learned of Jacob and agreed to put him on his team.
*This is an excerpt from my video devotional, "Anchored". My thanks to Jacob, and his mom, Jessica, for allowing me to tell their story. They are my heroes now.... and forever. If you would like to see the video version of this blog entry, click this link which will take you to my website. http://drexelgilbert.com/Drexel%20Gilbert%20Anchored%20DVD%20Order%20Page.htm
Photo Courtesy: Promise. A quarterly publication of St. Judge Children's Research Hospital. Memphis, TN.