Apr 22, 2007

Great are His Works

Ian had both of his eyes open for awhile today when we were oustide enjoying this gorgeous weather! He was very active in his chair and most of that was from discomfort I think. He had been in the chair for awhile already in the morning and probably just wanted to stay in bed. He was really moving his leg and his arms around though. He reached for me a few times and grabbed my shirt- he either wanted a hug or wanted to communicate something with me. I've been encouraged lately by just the blessing that when Ian looks at us, he is really looking. It's not an empty stare like it can be with coma patients. Just one look in his eyes and he gives you a good taste of what he's thinking about. Sometimes in speech therapy he gets a look like he wants to punch Val, and then other times it's like you can see him smiling in his eyes. It's great to see emotions.

"Praise the Lord. I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them. Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever. He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and merciful."
Psalm 111:1-4

On the way home from the hospital today, a Chris Tomlin song was on the radio that sings about the greatness of our God and His worthiness to be praised. I was reminded of and encouraged by the thought that everything that God does is great. What excitement that should instill in me! The works of the Lord are great and all that He does is "full of splendor and majesty." Even if I can't always see it now, Ian's situation is great. It is ordained by God and is His work-therefore it is full of splendor and majesty. There is no work that is mediocre with God and God will never look back and say, "well, maybe I should've handled that situation with Ian differently." Greatness is His nature. What a blessing to be on the receiving end of that greatness.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just a note of encouragement: A childhood friend had a severe head injury due to a car wreck when she was 27 years old. When I first saw her, she was unresponsive in a hospital bed.

Several months later, she was at home in a hospital bed. She couldn't talk, but she could use a pencil to point to letters on a board to spell what she wanted to say. Although you could tell she had a ways to go, it was amazing to me how much of her personality/memory was still intact. She really wanted to communicate to me how much Jesus had helped her and how she knew He was with her!!!

Several months later she could travel in a wheel chair, talk, eat soft food, etc. It was so fun to walk through the door and see her sitting and just start talking to me. She was beginning to learn how to walk again at that stage.

Seeing her grow was almost like watching a child grow up. At birth, they can't do much. By one year they can sit and pick things up. By two they can walk and talk a little. It takes years for their brain to develop, but it does.

Thanks for sharing Ian's progress!
- From a praying friend in Texas