As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.
Today we were blessed enough to be sitting by the Altrogge's pool for most of the afternoon. I asked Ian what would be the first thing he would do if God totally healed him in that moment. I was thinking maybe jump in the pool, Lydia suggested dancing with her, I suggested proposing to me. Without missing a beat, when I asked the question, Ian said, "Thank him."
I was immediately convicted of what I loser I am and how godly of a man I am dating. My mind had immediately jumped to "doing" and Ian immediately jumped to "thanking."
We are studying Luke, and when we read the passage above, Ian said that he hoped he had those qualities- the qualities of someone who holds fast to the word in an honest and good heart. His response to my question today was one more regular example of just how much Ian is holding fast to the word. Ian is persevering and through much patience, God continues to work in him and sanctify him.
I love these examples of Christ in Ian. No one else in my life displays Christ in the way that Ian does. Even though he is a man of few words (for now), there is much to be learned about our savior through intentional conversation with Ian. The wisdom he has gained through this trial is beautiful. For those of you who are close with Ian, I would encourage you to seek him out in spiritual conversations- you'll leave with a fresh love for and display of Christ.
Thank you for praying. Ian asked for prayer for strength for therapy.