If you've ever driven the mountain highways between Indiana and Altoona, you know that at times they can be pretty foggy making it very difficult to drive. Recently, I was remembering a time when I had to drive that stretch in the fog and how challenging it was. I had to focus on the lines in the road and on the tail lights ahead of me to keep my bearings. I knew that if I drifted one way I could collide with another car ahead or behind me. Drifting the other way was just as treacherous. I had to slow down and focus hard on those lines to keep on track. I also had to focus on the tail lights ahead of me to gauge my speed and to anticipate which way the road would turn next.
That story came back to me as I thought about how challenging this situation is with Ian. It's treacherous to drift off our course and acknowledge fearful thoughts. If I give in, I'll be in trouble. It's also tempting to embrace and act on selfish, complaining thoughts, but that's just as treacherous. I have to focus hard on the lines provided in Scripture, the incredible promises and truths of Scripture. God is faithful and powerful and kind and good and very much involved. His favor is very much on our lives, though I don't always see it clearly. I have to stay focused on the One who leads us just ahead trusting that He knows where He's taking us. The Lord has been helping us.
Ian continues to be very alert, though he still can't communicate with us. He moves around a lot, now, stretching and shifting. None of these things were happening in the last three weeks he was in the hospital. I don't know where we're going with Ian, but I trust the Lord is doing something.
Thank you for praying for Ian...we want him to talk to us.