Ian has remained faithful in his love to me. There is little that I understand about Ian now because he can't talk to me. I don't know what memories he still has, I don't know what specific sins he struggles with or what a session of therapy is really like for him. But I do know that he loves me and has remained faithful to me.
So how does this remind me of Christ? I do not mean to compare Ian to God or say that in any way Ian's love is perfected as Christ's is. But we are reflections of Christ and are microscopic images of our creator. And so in Ian, I see the faithfulness of God's love: like my unknowns about Ian, there is much I don't know about God. I don't know when He will return. I don't know why he has not answered our prayers for deliverance. But I do know that he loves me, made manifest and permanent to me in Christ's death on the cross. That is what has remained when all else seems to have crumbled.
And so God has given me another evidence of his love through Ian. God's faithfulness shown through Ian's faithfulness. And that is only one piece of how Ian's love has affected and changed me. I could write an entire blog about that:)
"In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." (1 John 4:9-10)