John was in exile for his faith on a lonely island when his Revelation came, yet when Christ appeared to him (Revelation 1:12-20) he didn't take his complaint to the Master. John also didn't wait for Christ's commendation for his successes in pastoring the seven churches (the seven golden lampstands). He wasn't impressed by the stars Christ held in his hand nor by the fact that those stars were angels. John was clearly awestruck by the vision he saw of Christ himself whose "eyes were like a flame of fire," whose "feet were like burnished bronze," whose voice roared, whose mouth wielded a two-edged sword, and whose "face was like the sun shining in full strength." He was so overcome by his vision of Christ, he "fell at his feet as though dead" and required the gentle reassurance of his Lord not to fear.
Lord, as we walk through this with Ian, help us to be awestruck by you. Give us grace not to complain. Help us even not to be overly impressed with successes. Help us to be awestruck by you. But, we will continue to petition you to restore him to us.