That’s Just Jesse!
Yesterday afternoon before playing at the Entertainment Center in Beebe, AR I was told of a young man, 23 year old Jesse Cockrum, who had just gotten out of the hospital for burn wounds and is a huge fan of my music. He was SO excited to get out of the hospital and was DETERMINED to come to last night’s show! But, Jesse’s doctors strongly advised against it due to the depth of his injuries and his long uphill climb to recovery. SO Luke and I went to visit Jesse at home!
I met Jesse’s Mom and Dad and his girlfriend Brianna and was AMAZED and BLESSED by Jesse’s story.
He and his family and Brianna had gone to his cabin to go bird hunting on New Year’s Day and it was cold. Jesse was trying to light the propane wall heater in the cabin when suddenly it had EXPLODED, propelling Jesse through the air about 12 feet across the room and catching everything in the cabin on fire.
In Jesse’s words, ” I stood up and saw Brianna and my Mom and all I could think of was getting them out of the house!”
Jesse ran and literally shoved and pushed his mother and then his girlfriend out of the burning cabin to safety, not realizing that he himself was on fire and badly burnt.
His mother was badly burned on her leg and Brianna had taken a deep cut on her foot, but Jesse bore the brunt of the blast.
His hands, arms and face were terribly burned PLUS he had inhaled a lot of the smoke and propane fueled fire and his lungs were toasted.
His mother cried as she recalled the incident, saying,
“He is our Hero!”
Jesse was in the hospital in ICU in Missouri, unable to breathe on his own for many days due to the severity of the damage to his lungs, and was comatose for several days.
When he woke up he kept waving his hands and they finally figured out that he wanted to communicate and the first words he wrote were “GOD BLESSED US!”
He spent 53 days in the hospital, and I met him the day after he was released. He is healing nicely, and after he showed me a picture of his face taken immediately after the burn I began to understand why Jesse felt and STILL FEELS blessed.
He said, “I NEVER thought I would have my face again!”
But to see him, you would never know his face took a full frontal gas explosion, and his hands and arms, while still covered in compression bandages are healing nicely too.
But to Jesse, his own slow, painful journey to a scarred recovery is STILL secondary to the thankfulness he feels at still having his family alive and well with him.
He is SUCH a selfless young man!! His cabin had no insurance since it was in a flood zone, so he lost everything! But to him, that’s all just STUFF! He still has his loved ones, and according to him, “They can’t be replaced! Everything else can!”
As I said a prayer with everyone, with my arm around his back, Jesse wept in thankfulness to our Heavenly Father for sparing him and his family and I understood that it may be true that Jesse is a fan of my music… BUT I AM A FAN OF HIM!!!
Then I realized, That’s just Jesse.