Embracing the Moment: Nate Robertson

By: The Increase
April 7, 2017

Former MLB pitcher, Nate Robertson and his wife, Kristin, still remember the day when he was first called up to the major leagues.

“We stopped the car, got out, and just started jumping up and down,” Nate recalls. “Sharing that moment with my family, who have invested so much into my life, was really cool.”

Nate went on to have a successful career as a MLB pitcher, spanning sixteen years and eight teams. He started Game Three of the 2006 World Series with the Detroit Tigers.

But in many ways, the Robertsons’ journey was just beginning. After experiencing the pain of a miscarriage, the their prayers were answered in 2013 when God blessed them with a second child.

“When we got the test results we were surprised because the first test we took was negative,” says Kristin. “We sat there together, embracing the moment and really praising God.”

Their six-year-old son, Wyatt, would soon be given a sister. Nate and Kristin welcomed their newborn daughter, Shealyn into the world with much celebration. But only twenty minutes after the delivery, the pediatrician came back into the room.

“The nurse called her and said, ‘We think this baby has down syndrome,’” remembers Nate. “That’s one of the moments that you’re not really prepared for.”

The Robertsons were overcome with surprise, fear, and confusion at this news.

“I felt ashamed at my first reactions,” Kristin admits. “It was never that I didn’t want or love my child, it was just that I didn’t want her to have a disadvantage in life…It just hurt.”

As Nate was walking down to the main hospital, looking down at his daughter, he cried out to God:

“I said, ‘Jesus, I want to love You now more than I ever have in my life. God, I want to trust you now more than I ever have in my life.’ That’s all that came to me because that’s all I could do.”

Over the next few days Shealyn went through many tests to make sure that her heart was healthy. But the official results to confirm if she had down syndrome or not would come two weeks later. When that day came, the results were positive.

“There was frustration,” says Nate, “there wasn’t anger, there wasn’t disbelieve. I just had peace. There isn’t a day that goes by when Shealyn doesn’t make someone smile.”

“She’s not going to see the world the way we do,” says Kristin with wonder. “She’s not going to see the ugliness in things; she’s only going to see joy. I believe God doesn’t always give us what we want but He gives us what we need. I believe that Shealyn is what I need. I believe she’s what the world needs.”

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” -John 14:27

Watch Nate and Kristin tell their story of trusting in God and having peace in His perfect plan: