When I walked into Michael’s room on Thursday morning, the first thing I saw was this huge yellow face. And it totally made me smile. My smile then turned to Michael, who was resting in bed. It had been a week since I had seen him and he was looking good. His hair has gotten long enough that it needs to be trimmed up again soon. He’s been making different faces these days too, and it’s been so good to see little bits of movement coming back.
Speaking of faces, this is another one that Michael has in his room. About a month or so after his accident, a wonderful man named Keith Caputo and his sweet mom Cassy brought Michael a huge basket of gifts, many of them centered around the smiley face theme. Keith is well loved in our community and is most famous for his “Helping Makes You Happy” organization, which brings lots of smiles to so many groups and to so many people each year. When Keith had heard about Michael’s accident, he was right there to spread the love and I know that his gift meant so much. Sally shared that Michael hugs the smiley face pillow a lot and that it’s one of his favorites.
It was so good to see Michael. It always is. I also got to spend the morning catching up with Sally. She shared the fun news that Michael had gotten to take his first bites of chocolate pudding that week. I was so excited to hear this! Michael has a feeding tube so hasn’t been able to eat regular food since his accident, which was just over five months ago. But at Rehab, one of the things that they’ve been working on is getting Michael to the point where he doesn’t need his trach anymore. It’s a long process and Michael is getting very close so it’s definitely something we can keep in our prayers. That being said, his Speech Therapist is working on lots of things with Michael and apparently chocolate pudding was one of them. Sally shared that Michael had successfully swallowed about five small bites and this was very exciting news to hear.
During my visit and through a few texts and calls, my heart has held so many emotions for the Einfeldts. It’s rejoiced with the good news and ached through the tough times. I think all of us parents have shared such empathy for Mike and Sally and all that they are going through watching their child struggle. But God continues to give the Einfeldts love and support and strength through each and every day. Sally has shared stories of God’s work and it continues to be evident throughout these times.
When I was looking for a verse to share tonight, I came across I Samuel 2. At some point in my Bible, I had circled verse 3, which says, “The Lord is a God who knows.” And it gave me great comfort tonight. Because sometimes this is all just so hard. It’s great to see Michael when we visit, but hard when I think of everything he’s going through. My heart aches at times, and the tears threaten to flow when I think of our Michael and there are even times that I wonder if God knows how hard this is. And the truth is, that He does. He knows. He knows and I think that He truly grieves with us as well. But I know that we can’t stay there and I know that God doesn’t stay there either. God knows, and He continues to work.
The verse I shared was from a prayer that Hannah prayed. Hannah was a woman who wanted a child but for a long time was unable to have one. She prayed and prayed to God for a child and when the time was right, God answered her request. And when God gave her her son, she did the most incredible thing. She gave him right back to God. She said, “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord.” And then later, in her prayer, she acknowledges that the Lord is a God who knows. He knows our struggles, and he knows our desires. God knows how hard it is to see someone hurting. But in the right timing, I truly believe that God will answer our many requests for Michael.
Please keep praying for Michael’s healing and recovery. Please pray for his family and for strength and peace and patience through this time. God hears our prayers and He will continue to work for Michael and in our lives.