Over the past two and a half months, we have gotten to know Mike and Sally Einfeldt quite well. It’s been an unexpected but beautiful gift. Because on the outside, when tragedy strikes, it’s hard to see much beauty. But over the years I’ve learned that you have to stop looking at the bad that is right in front of you and start looking for the many ways that God works good into any situation no matter how awful things may seem.
And friends, I have to say that amidst the tragedy of Michael’s accident, God has truly worked so much good.
Tonight, I want to share one part of the good that has come. And that is the incredible faith and strength that I’ve seen in Michael’s mom Sally. Looking back, it seems that it was something that started right from the beginning. I remember Sally sharing that she had watched a few Charles Stanley and Joyce Meyer sermons at the hospital in the days right after the accident and that it was as if God were speaking to her through their words. From the very beginning, she had Michael’s Bibles and they too were a source of great comfort and strength. She’s shared notes and verses that she jotted down on her yellow tablets and reading such beautiful truths was an encouragement to her heart and to mine.
And over the months, this faith and strength has grown and grown. So many people ask about Sally and how she is doing and how she can be doing as well as she is and it always makes my heart so happy to be able to share that while it is a very hard circumstance, Sally has drawn so close to God in so many ways throughout everything. I’m able to share that God has given her the strength and the comfort that she needs as she stays so strong for Michael and for her family.
No one would ever want to be in a situation like this. But knowing that God works such good… that is the good that comes from the bad. And that is the beauty that God brings.
I didn’t get the chance to see Michael today. I had an appointment and then spent the afternoon into the evening with my favorite kids at Hangtime, our church’s after school program. So I caught up with Sally through texts this evening. She shared that Michael was doing relatively well. That the doctors are keeping up with what is best for him in these days before his procedure. She shared some beautiful stories of how God continues to work. And then she did something that made me smile.
She asked me to ask for prayers for a few others that she had come into contact with in the ICU. One was a man named Ron who was in a very bad motorcycle accident and the other was a granddaughter of the sweet woman who cares for Michael’s room. She is very sick with asthma and pneumonia and is not doing well.
I told her that of course I would ask for prayer for these two.
And then I marveled at the wonder of a woman whose son was struggling and how she was able to take the comfort that God had given to her and somehow get to a place where she was offering comfort and asking for prayer for others. It truly blessed my heart.
And it brought me to 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 and how it talks about praising God as the God of all comfort. How He gives us comfort so that we can then comfort others because of the comfort that we received. Isn’t that a beautiful and wonderful thing?
God offers so many wonderful things to those who love Him and to those who don’t as well. He loves this entire world so very much that He gave His son Jesus to die so that we could be forgiven and have a right relationship with Him. These simple truths are the reason that we celebrate Easter and the reason that we can have hope in this hurting world.
And for you, friend. However you came to read these words tonight, I pray that you would know these truths as well. That you would find what Sally has found in having a strong faith in the God who loves her and offers her great comfort in her time of need. If there is any way that I can help, please feel free to message me anytime. And if you are local and searching and in need of some help or comfort, please consider coming to our wonderful church and being a part of our church family. Eastport Bible Church is located in Eastport, New York and is open to everyone. We would absolutely love to meet you and to know you and to show love and support to you and your family as well.
*This weekend, we will celebrate Easter with a Good Friday Candlelight Service at 7:00pm on Friday, a Sunrise Service at Newport Beach in East Moriches at 7:00am on Sunday morning followed by a 7:45am breakfast at the church. Then finally, we will worship and celebrate with our Easter Service at 9:30am. Eastport Bible Church is located at 386 Montauk Highway, in Eastport, New York.