As I’ve mentioned before, this week is Missions Conference Week at Eastport Bible Church. And in spending time with some of our missionaries, and especially our “from our own home church” missionaries, the Capraris, I was overcome with gratitude. Gratitude for a church that values serving not only our own community, but in supporting those who are serving in communities all over the world. This entire week will revolve around listening to how God is working through these families and it’s pretty special, to say the least.
Today, was pretty full. This morning was spent sitting with some amazing mom friends around our dining room table, and sharing life. Afterwards, we met up for an authentic New York pizza lunch with most of the missionaries families who are here for the week. And after that, we drove up to see Michael (more on that in a minute). When we got back, we stopped by Ben and Jerry’s in Westhampton for Free Cone Day (always a favorite of mine). We then grabbed a quick dinner before heading over to our church to enjoy a Ladies Tea with the four missionary wives who are visiting our church this week. It was a great, great day.
While there were many highlights of the day, the best of them all was getting to drive up with John and Naomi to visit Michael at Rehab. They had mentioned wanting to see Michael this week, and so when it worked out for today we were so excited to bring them.
And stick with me, because I’m now going to try my very best to put into words the emotions that I felt as we walked through the clear glass doors of the Rehab this afternoon. Because when we entered in, sitting right there by the front desk, was our very own Michael Einfeldt. Sally had just pushed him there in his new and very cool, extra supportive wheel chair.
It’s been over three months since Michael’s been in his accident. And every day, we’ve walked down a hall, to his room in the ICU or most recently his room at Rehab. We’ve greeted him most times when he was in his hospital bed or occasionally sitting up in his special hospital chair.
So to see him mobile, and out and about… That brought such joy to my heart. I blinked back a few tears as we all walked up to greet him and Sally. Sally’s smile matched the joy that I felt and we all were just so excited for this new step that Michael’s taken.
We enjoyed some time together out in the Rehab’s lounge area. Michael was a little tired, still recovering from his eventful weekend and adjusting to some changes in his medication. He did open his eyes a bit and we were able to give him our love. It was very sweet to see John and Naomi Caprari and how happy they were to see Michael. And just before we left, we got to spend some time with Lisa Anderson, who had driven up to see Michael, Sally and Sarah. Michael did go and spend some time with his physical therapists while we were there and I was so thankful to know how great they were and how hard they will work with and for Michael.
We circled up in the lounge to pray with Michael before we left. It was a sweet and powerful moment. Because prayer has been the constant throughout this whole journey so doing it as much as we can with and for Michael is so important. And as we walked out of the Rehab, I felt such a great joy for this small step that Michael has made.
Psalm 126 talks about how God brought his people back from captivity. Having spent time in a foreign place most likely brought many difficulties and hardships. But as they came back to where God wanted them, their mouths were filled again with laughter and their tongues with songs of joy. The passage goes on to say, “Then it was said among the nations, The Lord has done great things for them.” So they said that “The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with joy.” They go on to ask that God restores their fortunes. And then this part touched my heart. Because in verse 5, it says, “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.”
God knows how hard it is when we are somewhere where we are not supposed to be. It might be circumstances, it might be others or it might be our own choices that bring us to these places.
But redemption by a loving God to the place where you need to be? That is cause for songs of joy. That is cause for nations to recognize the amazing ways that God works. And that is well worth the tears that may be shed in these difficult times and places. Being where God wants you to be will be the reason that your heart sings songs of joy.
Seeing Michael today in Rehab was the reason that my heart was filled with Joy today.
Tonight, I want to thank and praise God for the great things that He is doing for Michael. It’s a beautiful thing to see and it helps to know that though this journey is long, God is working all the way.