Apr 9, 2007

God Never Lets Go

On my drive home today I was overwhelmed thinking of all that has happened in the past six months. I was thinking back to our days spent in the ICU, remembering the smells and sounds of Ian's room. It's so good for me to think about where we were, because it reminds me of how far God has brought us. I randomly picked a post from November 1 and was reminded of all that God has done:

"Today, we thought he was moving to his new treatment facility, but at the last minute they discovered fluid on his brain. He won’t relocate today, but instead he will have surgery on Friday to install a shunt in his head. My son, Caleb, highlighted the kindness of God in this new development when he noted that God showed the doctors this problem before Ian moved. It’s not what I would have chosen; I’m too impatient to get moving with his therapy. But, God knows what’s right and best."

I remember what IUP classroom I was in when Steve called and told me about the surgery for the shunt. I remember that Ben, my friend Jan and I stayed at the hospital Thursday night so we could be there on Friday while he was in surgery for his shunt. I remember that as soon as we saw him after the surgery, the swelling was visibly less on the right side of his head and he already seemed more responsive to us.

God was with us then and He is with us now. He delivered Ian from and sustained him through those seemingly dangerous surgeries and he has delivered us from nights spent sleeping on hospital floors. He has performed miracle after miracle in Ian's body and I believe that there are more miracles on the way. In the past few days, Ian has been more able to tell us when he is uncomfortable or even angry. He pushes the nurses away when they try to put the braces on his left arm and last night he was using his voice for at least five minutes. He is able to communicate with us through facial expressions when he is uncomfortable and then we are able to help him, which is an answer to prayer.

Ian is coming home soon. And I can't wait. Along with John Scherf:) and many others, I can't wait to see Ian be healed.

"Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with you."
1 Chronicles 28:20


Anonymous said...

Larissa, thank you for always being so encouraging us...I consider the blog sort of a turbo devotion. gigi

Anonymous said...

Praying that God will "give" Ian back to you...I can see Ian has touched many lives...and I pray that God will use him to touch many more in the future.


Anonymous said...

You have shared with us, once again. Thank you for giving so many people the opportunity to pray for Ian.
Praying that Ian will soon speak your name.

Anonymous said...

Praying that he will be able to communicate and use his voice and words more and more. I am praying for complete healing. He has come so far. The Lord is so good. I believe the Lord will keep healing him. Vicki G.

Anonymous said...

God bless you, Larissa!
How good of you to recount God's blessings to Ian! God is looking on you, his daughter, with love.
Don't grow weary...you can see God at work!

Still praying!

Mary Ann K.

Anonymous said...

The only verse that goes through my mind lately, whenever I am on the blog is a mixture of 2 ... God is good. and, won't He graciously give us all things? :) Praying for the gracious hand of the Lord to restore Ian completely. :) Janet S.

Summer said...

Larissa, I don't know how you found my blogspot, but I needed to acknowledge that your words you wrote, that I read the other morning impacted me in the midst of Easter.

Thankyou. Thankyou with tears in my eyes.

I admire you, I stand beside you in prayer, I am challenged by you, and yet and yet, I am caused to look beyond you, beyond Ian, and see (yet again) whom it is that sustains you, motivates you, inspires you and gives you the love and hope to write what you do.

I'm glad you were able to see Australia. I am blessed to call it home.

I'll write again. And be sure that I'll be keeping abreast of Ians progress,praying and sharing his/all of his family/your story to God's glory!

Summer :)
(of who's the least of my brothers blogspot)