Okay. So for the next few days when it comes to my Michael updates you’re going to have to bear with me. Because right now, it’s after midnight, I’m laying on a the bottom bunk of a camp bunk bed and I’m trying to quickly type this post out on my iPhone. And I’m already getting a cramp in my right thumb.
For those of you who may not know, here’s the back story. We started out today getting a very unexpected and random 8 inches of snow that closed schools for the day. It would have been fine if it weren’t for the fact that we had plans to leave this afternoon with a coach bus full of students and leaders for our annual Breakaeay retreat. I spent the morning watching the snow quickly pile up while stress praying and texting back and forth with concerned parents who were wondering what we would do.
Praise God the snow finally stopped and by the time we rolled out of the church parking lot the main roads were clear and we enjoyed a relatively quick and safe trip to Pennsylvania. We made great time and the roads were pretty much completely amazing the whole way to the camp.
Because of the weather I wasn’t able to get up to the hospital to see Michael today. But I’m so thankful that I was able to check in with Sally. I learned that Michael had a good day and for that I was so thankful. He was opening his eyes a bit more and was moving his arms and legs a little more today as well.
Tying this all together… There were a few times tonight, especially during the worship time, where my chest tightened up just a bit and my emotions felt a bit overwhelmed as I remembered the many years and many memories of having Michael with us for Breakaway. He’s been a constant in our lives and it hurts my heart just a bit to be here knowing he’s not with us this year. And I suppose it’s knowing the reasons why he’s not here that are the hardest.
It’s been a month since Michael’s accident. And though he is making great progress it’s still a long journey. And I’m finding that it’s one that could be quite hard when the focus is how things look from here on earth. But did you know that in Colossians 3:2 the Bible tells us where to place our focus? It says, “Set your minds on things above and not on earthly things.” Earthly things are limited. But heavenly things? They are God things. They are beautiful and precious things. They are the things of miracles and things that fit into God’s perfect plan.
This weekend, and when I think of Michael and as I’m on this retreat, it’s my goal to think of heavenly things. And if you could… Would you join me? Michael has things that will come up in the near future that require God’s healing hand. He needs strength and encouragement and peace. Could you join me in lifting these unknowns up to our loving and knowing God?
And with that, I’ve made it through this first post. I’ll end with a picture from two years ago of our amazing Michael and a fun memory of Breakaway. Lots of love to you all and a very good night!