"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds..."
I remember one time Ian and I went for a run around Indiana. After we got back I collapsed on the floor thinking that I was going to die. Ian reassured me that the awful cramps in my gut were normal and it was just called being out of shape. We ended up sitting there for a long time, and somehow ended up in a deep conversation. I distinctly remember Ian saying that he had lived a very easy life. He'd never had any trials and never struggled through anything.
I remember another conversation in my apartment and we were talking about James 1:2. Neither of us had any idea what suffering or trials were or what was waiting for us on September 30, but we agreed that we always wanted to count it all joy. The biggest trial we'd had was learning how to trust God for provision for our summer internships. That would seem like the easist thing to trust God in now.
I don't know what it looks like to always count it all joy. And I have no idea how Ian is doing in this area either. But I do know that Jesus died for both of us and that my joy will only be full when my joy is found in Him. Lord please help us to count it all joy and help us to do what seems the impossible- to be glad that we are in this affliction
Please keep praying for Ian. We now are working on different ways to communicate with him. Pray that God would give us grace and patience to wait on Him.