Howard County Sheriff Jerry Marr got a disturbing call one Saturday
afternoon a few months ago. His 6-year-old grandson Mikey had been hit
by a car while fishing in Greentown with his dad. The father and son
were near a bridge by the Kokomo Reservoir when a woman lost control of
her car, slid off the bridge and hit Mikey at a rate of about 50 mph.
Sheriff Marr had seen the results of accidents like his and feared the
worst. When he got to Saint Joseph Hospital, he rushed through the
emergency room to find Mikey conscious and in fairly good spirits
"Mikey, what happened?" Sheriff Marr asked.
Mikey replied, "Well, Papaw, I was fishin' with Dad, and some lady
runned me over, I flew into a mud puddle, and broke my fishin' pole and
I didn't get to catch no fish!"
As it turned out, the impact propelled Mikey about 500 feet, over a few
trees and an embankment and in the middle of a mud puddle. His only
injuries were to his right femur bone which had broken in two places.
Mikey had surgery to place pins in his leg. Otherwise the boy is fine.
Since all the boy could talk about was that his fishing pole was broken,
the Sheriff went out to Wal-mart and bought him a new one while he was
in surgery so he could have it when he came out.
The next day the Sheriff sat with Mikey to keep him company in the
hospital. Mikey was enjoying his new fishing pole and talked about when
he could go fishing again as he cast into the trash can. When they were
alone, Mikey, just a matter-of-fact, said, "Papaw, did you know Jesus
"Well," the Sheriff replied, a little startled. "Yes, Jesus is real to
all who believe in him and love him in their hearts."
"No," said Mikey. "I mean Jesus is REALLY real."
"What do you mean?" asked the Sheriff.
"I know he's real 'cause I saw him." said Mikey, still casting into the
"You did?" said the Sheriff.
"Yep," said Mikey. "When that lady runned me over and broke my fishing
pole, Jesus caught me in his arms and laid me down in the mud puddle."
"And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, 'Truly
I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall
not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child,
he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one such
child in My name receives Me;'" Matthew 18:2-5