Yesterday afternoon, I got a call from Sally. Michael had had his surgery, but there was a small issue that had raised concerns and a decision needed to be made. I could hear the concern in Sally’s voice and I knew that she was struggling to know the right thing to do.
I told her we would be praying that God would give her and Mike wisdom. I also asked a few others to pray and they did. And I was so glad that when I talked to Sally this afternoon, God had indeed given her and the doctors the wisdom that they needed.
Overall, the surgery was a success. Michael had the Baclofen pump placed and Sally shared that his doctor was pleased with how everything looked and how Michael was already positively responding. He was doing so well, that as of this afternoon, he was heading back to Rehab from Stony Brook.
And we were so very thankful to hear the good news. I have to admit. When I found out that there had been some issues yesterday, I felt so bad. Michael has been through so much already, that any little upsets seem overwhelming at times.
But today, Sally shared a few things that had happened that were such good reminders that God is by our side and that He will always give us the help we need. Sally shared that as she was talking with her mom about what would be best, her mom told her to pray and that “The Lord will Guide you.” Then, Sally shared that she had her Bible and had opened it up to read some passages. She found a note of encouragement from our friend Gina Skarka that also had a list of verses on it. Gina had her own share of challenges when a few years ago, she watched her son go through two different types of cancer. It was such a hard time, but in it, she found her strength in God. One of the verse that she shared was Isaiah 58:11 which says:
The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
What immediately struck Sally and what caught my attention as well were the words, “The Lord will guide you.” They were the same words that Sally’s mom had shared and the very words that she needed to hear to find strength and encouragement.
Friends, it’s not been easy, everything our Michael Einfeldt has gone through. But what stays consistent is God’s love and care for Michael, and His continued help and presence throughout every part of this past year. God has indeed been with and guided the Einfeldts and I truly believe that He will continue to do so. Thank you for your prayers and continued encouragement. And know that tonight, we can all rest in God’s promises to guide and help us no matter what we are going through.