“I believe she is coming in a couple of minutes.” Twelve-year-old Sadie, who was five years older than Felicity paused as she saw something in the distance. “Oh, it’s a fawn…” Sadie was slowly learning to describe everything for her sister. “It’s so little; it’s fur seems as if it is fuzz. It looks so soft and velvety.”
“How sweet!” Felicity pictured a fawn in her head, but it just wasn’t the same as seeing it in real life. Her smile was somewhat sad as she slowly walked, guided by her sister to their favorite tea party spot. The long, deep green grass was tickling their ankles; wild flowers speckled the field. “I miss…” Felicity’s lip began to quiver.
Suddenly a noise in the bushes made Felicity freeze. “Hello…hello?”
Everything seemed still. Felicity barely uttered, “Is someone there?”
Just then Sadie heard it… it sounded like someone in trouble. “Help!” Sadie listened, and her eyes widened.
Felicity’s voice was quiet, “Mother told us never to talk to strangers.”
“Should we ask Mother?” Sadie asked.
“Yes!” As they stumbled toward the house hand in hand, their older brother met them, coming from the barn.
“Mother said Mandy isn’t feeling well. She won’t be able to come.” He told them, but then seeing their wide eyes, he quizzically cocked his head. “What’s wrong?”
“Mother said not to talk to strangers, but we heard someone in the field. Will you come with us?” Sadie asked breathlessly.
“Yes.” Edward’s eyebrows were furrowed. “That’s strange.” When the three siblings came to the exact spot Felicity had heard the person calling, they all became quiet, listening.
“Is anyone there? Can someone help me please?” This time, instead of a soft calling, the voice was urgent and fearful.
“My name is Edward Wallow. Where are you?” Edward shouted to be heard over the gurgling brook nearby.
“I’m over here, and I am stuck in mud. Please help!”
Soon, they came to a woman who was visibly sinking in knee-high mud. Edward and Sadie acted quickly, while Felicity sat helplessly nearby. “If you hadn’t come, I may have had no chance of getting out. You came in perfect timing, thank you.” Now out of the mud, the old woman’s smile was large. Her silvery hair was pulled back into a neat bun, and she wore a button-down blouse with a very disheveled skirt.
“I’m just glad you’re safe now. Would you like to come inside and get cleaned up before heading home?” Sadie offered. The woman hesitated, but then nodded.
“That sounds lovely, thank you. By the way, my name is Rose Deepen. What are all of your names?”
Sadie spoke for all three of them, “I’m Sadie, this is Edward, and Felicity is our younger sister.” She helped her younger sister up. Felicity’s hand grasped Sadie’s, trying to stand up without falling.
Felicity waved. “Hello, nice to meet you.”
Rose replied, “Nice to meet you, Felicity.”
That evening, Mother suggested Rose should stay for dinner, and everyone happily agreed. Once they were gathered around the table, Father asked her several questions, “Why were you traveling through our land? Where did you get stuck?”
Rose began, “My husband and young daughter died of Scarlet Fever almost thirty-five years ago.” Rose's eyes looked out the window near the kitchen table with tears forming in her eyes. The view was incredible, complete with mountains in the distance. She seemed to be lost in thought for a moment. “Ten years after they passed away, I moved here, where my cousin, Cornelia lived. She recently passed away as well, and then two weeks ago my house burned down from a fire.” Her tears became sobs. “Lately, my life has been falling apart. After my house burned down, I have been trying to find a place to live. In the meantime, I’ve been staying with Reverend Paul and his wife, Fanny. Fanny, told me that your family would be an encouragement to me, and she told me to come visit you. I decided to come today…and ended up getting stuck in the mud next to your brook.” Rose held her head in her hands.
“I see. We know Fanny and Reverend Paul! We are glad Fanny sent you here. Rose, we are sorry about all that you have been through. Could we please pray for you?” Rose looked up with an astonished look.
“Why, yes.” She seemed to force herself to say the words.
That night, Mother and Father decided to invite Rose to stay at their house for the night. The three Wallow children were thrilled to help the older widow, and decided to make sure they helped encourage and cheer her up after all that she had been through.
The next morning at breakfast Rose asked, “I am so glad that someone found me in that mud this afternoon. How did you hear me?”
“Felicity heard you.”
“Her ears must work ever so well...I was barely whispering at first. Thank you, Felicity!” Then Rose tried to take her words back as she remembered that Felicity was blind...her ears worked well for a reason. “I, I mean, thank you for...I’m sorry...I forgot...”
“No, please don’t apologize.” Felicity’s eyes were moist, but she still smiled. “You made me realize that if I wasn’t blind, I wouldn’t have heard you. Ever since I had scarlet fever and became blind I thought I was worthless. Maybe it’s not so bad to be blind. Maybe God knew that one day I would help someone...just because I was blind.” Her moist eyes had tears streaming out of them by the time Felicity finished thanking Rose.
It obviously took lots of effort for Rose to hold back her tears as she remembered that years ago, her daughter was also blind as she lost her fight against Scarlet Fever, but she managed to whisper, “Your welcome.”
“Ms. Rose, Ms. Rose!” Felicity excitedly giggled to her friend while she pointed in the direction of the noise. “The parade is coming!”
“Oh, I see! This is just wonderful!” The Wallow family was celebrating the fourth of July in town. Their newly adopted “grandmother,” also known as “Ms. Rose,” was now a part of the Wallow family.
That night, Felicity sat on the floor while Ms. Rose read the Bible out loud. “The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27: 1, NIV) Felicity heard a pause. “Does that mean God helps you through even the hardest times? Just...just like He helped me find a home after such a rough couple of years?”
“I accepted Jesus as my Savior years ago...but thought He had forgotten about me. Do you think He will still be my Savior?” By now, Sadie and Edward were joining the “read aloud” time.
“God will never leave you...He will always be there for you, and is still your Savior. All you have to do is ask His forgiveness.” Sadie explained. Rose looked up, her blue eyes sparkling with excitement.
“I was blind, but now I can see. All this time I thought He left me, when really, He was with me every step of the way.”
Felicity sat silently, not wanting to interrupt this moment of awe for Rose. After a brief silence, she finally burst, “It’s just like the hymn, ‘Amazing Grace.’ God helped two blind people here! He helped me ‘see’ God’s purpose for my blindness, and He helped you realize that God was with you in every situation. We were blind, but now can see!”
That night, the Wallows closed their Bible reading time by singing a beloved hymn. “Amazing Grace, How sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found, t'was blind but now I see.” As the song drifted off, their hearts were full with the newly personal meaning of the song.