We took an evening drive up to the hospital tonight.
Christian and Ellee were both excited to go with me, which is nice considering that they never really get to actually see Michael. They don’t mind though and do a great job hanging out in the waiting room with the fully stocked vending machine and games to keep them company. They’re also big fans of the hospital cafeteria. Tonight was extra special since earlier this week they both received cards from our friends the Tuttles that included some spending money specifically for the hospital. It provided for a nice meal and even ice cream afterwards.
I really enjoyed the time that I was able to spend with Michael and his family this evening. Sally and Sarah were there, along with Luke and Danielle Levassuer. Sarah and Luke have been dating for quite a few years now, and Danielle is Luke’s sister and a wonderful friend to the family. It was so sweet tonight, because Danielle had brought up her journal that had notes that she had taken from Jeremy’s lesson last night at Youth Group (she’s one of our Youth Group leaders and she does an amazing job and we are so thankful for her). She told me that she had told Michael that she would take notes from the lesson and then read them to him, and she did.
And it was so awesome and so beautiful. Because hearing about God and the beautiful truths of the Bible is something that I’m sure Michael appreciates so much. In our most difficult times, it would be easy to be so overwhelmed with fear and doubt, but one of the best ways to combat this is with the truths that God gives us in his Word.
On the drive up to the hospital, I listened to an Andy Stanley sermon. I’m a huge fan of Andy Stanley, a pastor of some pretty big churches down South, because he speaks these incredible truths in such a relevant and relatable way. The sermon on my Podcast was called Preventative Circles. The description for this sermon was, “Why is it that some people go through extraordinarily tough times and are broken, while others are not? Check out this secret to weathering the storms of life.” And after I read it, I figured it would probably be a good one to hear. And it was.
The heart and soul of this sermon was the importance of being a part of a community. That when you have people that will love and support you and go through life together with you, it ultimately makes a huge difference. He referenced a passage in Ecclesiastes, chapter 4. In verse 9, Solomon says that two are better than one. Considering that he was the wisest man to ever live, I figure that he probably knew what he was talking about. He goes on to say that people who have people will see the rewards in their work as well as their daily lives. He also shares that pity should be given to the person who has no one and ends the passage stating that “A chord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Again, the idea that having people to help you is the best way to do life.
Throughout these past months, it’s been so beautiful to see the people who have come around Michael and his family. It will also be a crucial factor in the many months to come where Michael will continue to heal and rehabilitate. And thanks to Danielle, I was reminded of how important it is to have people. And not just people, but people who will love you and encourage you in your faith. Those are the best kinds of people, if you ask me.
I’m so thankful that Michael has people like this who are there for him. And tonight, I want to encourage you with a few things. First, if you’re interested, check out that sermon that I told you about (you just click on the title or here) because it’s a great reminder of the best possible way to go through life. And second, ask yourself, “Do I have people?” And if you don’t? Find them. Find the people who will love you and then love you enough to care about you and your faith and walk with Jesus. If you’re going through tough times, it could make all the difference.
And finally, for those of you who are local. Michael and his family found a lot of their “people” at Eastport Bible Church. It’s the church that Jeremy and I have been a part of for close to 13 years and one that we know well and love. It’s not a perfect church, but it’s a church full of people that love Jesus and want to share that love with others. Jeremy is the Youth Pastor and our Senior Pastor Jerry Olson is pretty awesome as well. Our Sunday morning worship service starts at 9:30am and Jeremy will be preaching this week. And if you’re looking for a good church with great people, maybe this is the church for you. Just know that we would absolutely love to have you and your family join us.
Prayer requests for Michael are mostly the same. He’s doing a little bit more every day. I came up today to see him working on holding a small sports ball. I’m so thankful for these little improvements and know that though he still has a long way to go, he’s making progress. Please keep praying for healing and especially for everything to be cleared over the weekend so that he can get his surgery and then be that much closer to rehab.