Frank mentioned to me after a visit with Ian that he looked so good. It had been a while since Frank had seen Ian, and the difference was noticeable to him. We see him every day and don't always notice the changes. I'm learning through this experience with Ian to focus only on the next step - the next small step in his progress or the next thing we have to do or the next act of kindness by people or the next provision of the Lord. Reports like Frank's are a good reminder of how far Ian has come.
It occurred to me that focusing only on the next step or the next thing is how the Lord wants me to live. "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path" (Ps 119:105). An oil lamp (the only kind available when this was written) only lit enough of a dark road for the next step. I've walked on deserted roads at night where there is no light except the light of a flashlight (usually one with most of the juice gone); it's not the most comfortable stroll. That's what this experience feels like - a walk along a dark windy deserted road surrounded by woods (where animals live) with only a dim flashlight to light the next step. Living life this way forces me to put my confidence where it belongs: in His Word which declares his kindness and faithfulness and power. I'm learning that patience is about taking just the next step trusting that God is leading me and caring for me and protecting me.
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