Sunday, 11 August 2013

The High Road

There is a lot to learn from a person who is decreasing in his body and increasing in his soul. I wouldn't even know where to begin to explain what I have watched and learned from Mike in the past two and a half years. I am watching a miracle unfold right before my eyes. As his health declines and things are supposed to be getting uglier, there is so much beauty. The decline of Mike’s health would cause one to think that ALS has got him beat, but in fact, Mike is beating ALS by creating something beautiful out of it. The apostle Paul in Philippians 4:12, says: ‘’I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.’’ It's like Mike becomes more content with every loss. It's a supernatural process where he loses, but gains. He is confined on the outside, but absolutely free on the inside. He can’t move, but is more alive than most healthy human beings. 

Here is my dilemma; I feel like every day is a day closer to our parting, but every day is more beautiful than the one before. Sometimes I don’t know where the tears of sorrow and the tears of joy meet. They flow mingled down my cheek together and I’ve never been so happy and sad at the same time.
I’m sure Mike thinks he has nothing left to give, but his giving is greater than ever and his teaching more profound. He is in a place God wants us all. He is in a place of total reliance on Him, a place of complete surrender and a place of being one hundred percent available to God. Being in that place has made him an incredible example. He perhaps would say he has had no choice, but he has had a choice. He has chosen the high road and is graciously allowing the Lord to do His mighty work in and through him opening up a whole new world to the people around him of God’s great power and love. God’s grace and goodness flow mingled down all over us.

We have been living with my sister and family, Elanna, Peter, Michaela and Luke for a year now. We miss the home we had and the life we had, but consider this a very special time. Family is our greatest treasure here on earth and being with family is everything to us. Our children and granddaughter, our parents, our siblings (including in-laws), our nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, cousins and dear friends are what we treasure and thank God for every day.

At the ALS Walk in June in Port Coquitlam, B.C.                                                                                        Peter, Elanna, Luke, me, Madison, my dad and mom                                                                          Michaela, Nathan and Leah, Mike and Erin
                                                             The "I Like Mike" Team 2013

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