Even while led through dark valleys and long nights that turn into even longer mornings, there is the sweet, but sometimes distant, promise of God's faithfulness. It isn't always revealed to us while we're in the valley and we can't often see it through our suffering eyes. But His faithfulness is there, working itself out for us. It doesn't always show up in our quiet times, or during lonely nights when we feel we need it most. It also doesn't always work itself out like we think it should. But it is there- to me almost like a quiet stream always running behind us, or in front of us up there in the fog somewhere.
God is faithful. And his faithfulness is great. It has taken two years for us to have tangible examples of His faithfulness to answer long-lived prayers, but we have received some. 2008 was a big year for Ian. It stirs my heart and Ian's heart to worship as we recount his deeds:
*He spoke for the first time in two years and continues to learn more and more words
*He now eats and drinks full meals
*He can make decisions for himself and for our relationship
*He can walk and stand with less and less help each time
*He can communicate clearly and consistently to us
Each day God gives a littl bit of Ian back to us. We still have so far to go but have come so far already.
Thank you all for reading, and praying, and sending cards, and fasting, and being faithful to Ian for nearly two and a half years. That is a picture of Christ's faithfulness to Ian.
Here's to a 2009 that is better than 2008. May it be filled with more laughter than tears and more prosperity than sorrow. May this be the year that Ian sees deliverance.