Walk by faith, not
When disease stole
Jennifer Rothschild’s sight at 15, her dreams of being a
commercial artist came crashing down. The Miami, Fla., native
might have given up. Instead, she turned to God for the strength
and will to go on. Today, Rothschild is an accomplished author,
speaker and recording artist. She recently released her second
book, Touched by His Unseen Hand
her husband, Philip, have two sons, Clayton and Connor. She spoke
recently with Assistant Editor Ashli O’Connell.
PE: Your dreams
had to change dramatically when you lost your sight. How did you
find the path to where you are now?
It found me. When I received Christ, I was totally captivated.
My natural response as I walked through my teenage years was just
abandonment toward Him. I never sought to achieve anything like
writing or singing. They occurred as a result of my walk with
The ministry we receive
is from God for us to become His hands. We can’t take credit
for it. I do believe in stewardship, though. I believe God has
trusted me with this position, and I want to walk humbly and be
a good steward of the opportunity. But I don’t ever want
to take ownership of what God has done.
the message of your new book?
We all feel overwhelmed sometimes. We’ve got pressures and
circumstances that can deplete us. I want readers to know that
there is One who wants to overwhelm us in a different way. God
wants to overwhelm us with His touch. While we all know how important
human touch is, I try to show how God has touched us throughout
the ages, and today. His touch has rescued us and empowered us
to live a life of abundance.
It plays nicely off
the foundation I laid with my first book, Lessons I Learned
in the Dark, in which I encouraged readers to walk by faith
and not by sight. I wrote Touched by His Unseen Hand
from the vantage point that, though I cannot physically see, the
eyes of my heart have been enlightened so that I can see God’s
PE: Do you think
you would have that insight if you were not blind?
God has used blindness to help me see things that are invisible
— to look beyond the surface and have an eternal, rather
than temporal, perspective.
PE: People might
assume that blindness is your greatest obstacle. Is that true?
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My greatest obstacle is more universal. It has to do with my attitude
and perspective. Blindness just gives me an opportunity to be
more acquainted with the choices I have — to be better or
bitter, grateful or angry, to persevere or to quit. Those are
not blindness issues, but attitude issues.
PE: What have your
sons taught you about life?
youngest is 5. About two years ago he began to understand that
I couldn’t see. One day the lady that helps me, Miss Pat,
was driving him home from school. Connor was still trying to figure
out what it means to be blind. He asked, “Why doesn’t
Mommy drive me home from school?”
Miss Pat said, “You
know why, Connor. It’s because your mommy is blind.”
Connor said, “Oh
yeah, that’s right. She walks by faith and not by sight.”
That’s just an example of what they’ve taught me:
not to complicate the truth, just to live it out with simplicity
PE: What advice
do you have for mothers of children with disabilities?
My mother had courage. Many times she made me do things I didn’t
want to do. She helped me risk things I didn’t want to risk.
That instilled a tenacity I’m not sure I would have had
otherwise. One of the greatest struggles for a mother is to know
how to balance her sense of protectiveness with courage. Her courage
will create courage in her child. And that’s really what
she wants — a child who is able to face the world with independence
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