He was a baby so sweet and small, a blessing from our God. He had 10 little fingers and 10 little wiggly toes. So perfect was this little child from God.
Oh, the plans we had for this child of ours school, a great job, a wonder wife, and his own blessings from God to love. Alas, our dreams were shattered for this beautiful child. God gave our child a handicap that would grow worse as he grew.
How will we care for him? What will he be able to do? What will happen to him when we are gone? What have we done to deserve this? So many emotions ran through our bodies. Sadness, dishearten, hurt; mad, angry and scared were just a few.
Jeff will never be like other kids. He will never know the joy of running, jumping, skipping or roller-skating. He will always need care, help with everyday life, with all the little things we take for granted.
Times were hard and now time has passed. Our precious little child is now a man in body, but a child at heart.
Oh, the plans that God had for our child is beyond our greatest dreams. He is a testament, and ministers to the children at church. They all love him, help him and care for him.
He knows his Bible stories, and remembers his Bible lessons from weeks past. He is a bright child in mind and heart.
He is a giver and a lover and is a shining star in Gods eyes. He is one of Gods special children, put on this earth to show others that overcoming lifes’ obstacles may not always be a smooth road, but it can be done.
There are some verses in the Bible 1 Corinthians 15: 35-58 that talk about receiving a new body when you get to heaven. This entire passage is a must read to fully understand, however, I will only quote one or two verses. Verse 40 says; There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one, and the glory of the earthly is another. Verse 42 says; So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body.
After the Children’s Director, Angela had read this verse, our precious gift from God made a great revelation. He announced to all the children there that day, that when he gets to heaven he would have a new body. He would be able to run and play just like all the other kids.
The children were all quiet, not that first little noise. They had never thought about Jeff never having the chance to run, jump or play like they do. Then they all smiled and said YES, and won’t that be great.
All the while the tears just streamed down Angela’s and my face. There was sadness of the thought that Jeff never having a chance to experience the joys of running and playing like the others. However, there was the joy of knowing that someday Jeff will get his chance to run and play free from sickness.
To think that a 41 year old man in a childs’ body could have such a profound knowledge of God’s love and promise for him.
And a child shall lead them…..
This is a true story. It is about a good friend of mine. I used to babysit Jeff and his sisters years ago, even though I was only 3 years older than Jeff. Jeff is truly a child of God. The emotions and feelings that I put in for the parents are what I feel that they believed and felt. I used what I would have felt like if I was in their place. Can you imagine what you would feel if this happened to you.
After showing this “story” of love that came from my heart to his parents, they were in tears that Jeff had such an impact on the children and that everyone felt the way they do for their son. They also told me that the emotions that I put in for them were all true and wondered how I knew what they truly felt in the heart. I believe that God showed me the way and helped me put my feelings, my thoughts, and the words to this story about the great child on my heart.