The kids and I drove up to visit Michael and Sally yesterday. During the summer, we’ve been able to get up to Kings Park about once a week or so. It’s been nice, because we get to see the little ways that Michael is improving and it’s always a joy and an encouragement to see him.
Usually when we go, we bring up little things for Michael or his family. Yesterday was no exception, as we came equipped with a present from Michael’s friend Carson (a cool Star Wars Bobblehead for his room) as well as eleven pages of letters from some of the people that love Michael and have been touched by his story. Aunt Krisha will be reading these to Michael today and it just made my heart so happy to bring these words of truth and encouragement. (For the record, the reason why people have written letters can be found here. Also, it’s an open invitation… any letters I get I will bring up when we go to visit, so if you were meaning to write one, there is still time.)
In the past week, I’ve met four new people who I didn’t know previously. They had all known or heard about Michael and his story and were praying and thinking of him. And it always makes me happy to see the ways that God works and the ways that he weaves our lives together.
With any one who asks about Michael, the main question is always the same,”How is he doing?” And thankfully, lately my answer is always that he is doing good. He’s been so much more stable now that he is in rehab with only a few little setbacks here or there. He’s working hard to relearn many things, and is persevering. Along with the team at Rehab, he also has an incredible family support team around him. They are with him around the clock and there to be in tune with him and his needs.
It’s not an easy situation, but there are good things in it to be thankful for. Michael is able to communicate with “yes” and “no” eye blinks. He knows his family and his friends. And even though it’s a slow process, it’s continuing to head in a good direction. We’ve been able to see Michael go from doing little, to making steady and strong accomplishments. And for this we praise God. We continue to ask for miracles. Michael’s had many already. And we truly believe that God is a Healer and a Restorer and that He will continue to help Michael to heal and to restore.
These days, it’s a matter of simply persevering. Sometimes life is like that. Sometimes it’s not about the highs and the lows, but the steady pace you keep in between. It’s about not giving up. Not letting circumstances overwhelm or distract or weigh you down. It’s that daily practice of trusting God with your life and being thankful for wherever it is you are. No matter how many struggles you face, there are always things to be thankful for.
James 1 talks a lot about trials and temptations. But it gives a hopeful perspective. You can gain, even when you you think you’re losing, because you will develop perseverance. And when you do, you will be full and complete and not lacking anything.
Please continue to pray for Michael. I know so many of us are. And again, please feel free to share your encouragement through letters anytime. You can email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook message them and I will print them and bring them up to Michael and his family.