"In your times of severe distress, which are you more aware of- your suffering or your salvation?"
What a convicting but great thing for me to have read recently. For the past few days, I have been so busy looking at myself and this situation that, though I don't want to admit it, I have quite forgotten all that was accomplished for me at the cross. And it is a path of thoughts that leads to nothing, is not satisfying at all, and only leads to more discouragement. I want to fix my eyes on the cross and all that was accomplished for me there. That is where my hope and joy are found, in the eternal, not the temporary.
Ian needs to fix his eyes on the cross as well and he needs grace to do that. He recently told me that he is weary- whether he meant physically or spiritually I don't know. He has had some very challengings days, fighting a sore throat and lots of stomach aches and headaches. If his gaze is not fixed on the cross, there is much to be discouraged about.
Only the Lord can encourage Ian to keep fighting through this. Please pray that Ian would be strengthened to keep wanting to work to come back to us. Pray that God would take away all of his discomforts. Pray that we would talk to him soon.