If you haven’t read last Monday’s post about Jenny & Karin unlocking Ruby’s world, oh gracious – you will not want to miss it! It can be found here. This trip has brought some miraculous revelations and we are in awe of all that God has orchestrated!!If you cheered with us last Monday when we told you about Jenny and Karin unlocking Ruby’s world with an assistive device…you’ll throw a party with us today of what else we learned while in Maryland with these sweet friends!!
When Jenny had invited us to come and have Ruby evaluated she told us she wanted to evaluate everything. We were game!! And she meant it!! And she did!! Because Jenny has been an Assistive Device Specialist in Occupational Therapy she has tons of great friends who work with all kinds of needs. And so Jenny invited her good friend Paula to come and evaluate Ruby. Paula works at the blind school as a Cortical Blindness Specialist. Uh-huh. Friends!! Do you see where this is going???
For those who have read Ruby’s story, you will remember the chapter about Ruby’s and my encounter with an eye surgeon. Do you remember what I call him in the book? Ha!! For today, let’s just call him Dr. N. Anyway, Dr. N insisted, at our visit outside the hospital, that Ruby had cortical blindness [as did the eye surgeon who evaluated her in the hospital]. The problem wasn’t that he said she had cortical blindness, but rather the way he insisted that God would NEVER, EVER heal her.
See, my God is in the miracle business. It is nothing, absolutely nothing, for Him to heal a.n.y.t.h.i.n.g.! His speciality is miracles and we refer to Him as our Miracle-working, Mountain-moving, Awe-inspiring, Gasp-giving God! Cause when He does it – we often gasp!! He is always at work on our behalf. Even in the middle of the night. He does it all with such undeniable flair that we often ‘gasp’ at just how spectacular He is!! His love is lavish!!
So two weeks ago, when we were in Maryland, Jenny & Karin made the discovery that Ruby’s left foot would open a whole new world to Ruby [[go read that post now, you know you want to!]]. Anyway, after Ruby made us all some yummy breakfast Jenny’s friend Paula came over. Yes indeed.
After a bit Paula and Ruby went into the family room so Paula could pull out her evaluation equipment. Well within no time [and I seriously mean no time] Paula commented, “Well I definitely brought the wrong equipment, Ruby is not Cortically Blind! She doesn’t even have Cortical Visual Impairment!!”
We were giddy at Paula’s words. She continued to evaluate Ruby and eventually told us that Ruby likely has Low Vision. She said one of the ways she knew that Ruby did not have Cortical Blindness or Cortical Visual Impairment is because of the way Ruby’s eyes fix on something. Like the videos on the iPad Jennifer was using with her. Ruby’s eyes were steady, not rolling around as seen in Cortical Blindness and Cortical Visual Impairment.
We were beyond overjoyed with this wonderful news! We KNEW that Ruby was seeing a ton!! We just hadn’t anyone ‘professional’ tell us! And throughout the evening many friends who specialize at the blind school in blindness spent time with Ruby and confirmed that Ruby does NOT have Cortical Blindness NOR does she have Cortical Visual Impairment!!
GOD YOU ARE AMAZING!!! How we praise YOU!!
Now here’s what we’re thinking. If God has healed Ruby from “She will never see, no matter what!” we’re just banking on the idea that God’s not done yet…cause remember Philippians 1:6??
“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” No doubt – Ruby’s story is far from over!!
We cannot ever thank the Lord enough for Jenny, Karin and Paula and their love for treasures like our Ruby…
Watch Ruby at Home Just Before We Left on Our Rescuing Ruby Miracle Tour!!
This is just one more Memorial Box story [explained below]. In our Memorial Box we will put a sleep mask reminding us that God healed Ruby’s blindness!
PS If you haven’t read Rescuing Ruby yet, you must!! Included are many very personal pieces that have never been shared before the book was printed. It’s available on Amazon in both Kindle and Soft Cover edition here. Rescuing Ruby is life-changing is powerful not because I wrote it but because God wrote it. I merely penned what He did. And when God does something – wow oh wow – He makes us gasp!
And for those new to Memorial Box Monday stories let me explain what a Memorial Box is….
It’s a box filled with very tangible items, each representing a time in our lives where God provided, protected and proved Himself strong. Here’s the Biblical understanding behind it…
In Joshua 4 God told the Israelites this:
When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua, “Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan from right where the priests stood and to carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight.”
So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD.
When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off.
These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.”
So the Israelites did as Joshua commanded them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, as the LORD had told Joshua; and they carried them over with them to their camp, where they put them down. Joshua set up the twelve stones that had been in the middle of the Jordan at the spot where the priests who carried the ark of the covenant had stood. And they are there to this day……….
On the tenth day of the first month the people went up from the Jordan and camped at Gilgal on the eastern border of Jericho. And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their fathers, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ For the LORD your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The LORD your God did to the Jordan just what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over.
He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is powerful and so that you might always fear the LORD your God.”
So for many, many years we have gathered items and put them in our Memorial Box. We lost our beloved Memorial Box when we lost our home to a fire a few years ago and, finally, after searching high and low found the one we have now.
One of the most significant times, personally, declaring the value our Memorial Box has goes back to 2009. We had just lost our home to the fire and were still reeling emotionally from that. Dw, who had just returned from Africa was very sick, yet he had insisted on driving with me the 1120 miles [one way] to Iowa City for Isaiah to have surgery for his Arthrogryposis.
As I drove farther from home, Dw got sicker and sicker and ended up being admitted to the hospital as well, which meant I had Dw on one end with Isaiah having surgery on the other end…and we were 1,000 miles from our home in an unknown city.
To top it off, the tests the hospital was running for Dw were alarming – clearly showing it was his liver. Fear began to take it’s ugly grip as I grappled with: Dw deathly ill, Isaiah having surgery, not knowing anyone, the kids 1,000+ miles away and uncertain what was exactly wrong with Dw’s liver. As panic overwhelmed me, suddenly, one by one, the trinkets from our Memorial Box zoomed by my mind’s eye in a steady stream.
And instantly I was overwhelmed with God’s peace as He whispered,
“What is in your Memorial Box?
Do you not remember?
I have healed, protected, restored and rescued in the past.
I will not leave you.
I have this one too.”
The thing was that when the Lord whispered that to my heart, not one thing had changed, but instantly I *knew* – He had been faithful all those other times, His faithfulness would continue even in this Iowa City, husband very sick, son having surgery season.
I encourage anyone I meet to begin a Memorial Box today. He is always faithful and we must always remember!! (This is our Memorial Box!)