Ian and Larissa

“Ian has been the best at teaching me that even though we are given mercy to grow in contentment here, ultimately we are built for heaven. On mornings when I wish we would just wake up without a brain injury, after saying, “you and me both, sister,” he points me to heaven and that it is so near.”

I remember watching the video of Ian and Larissa last summer in humble amazement at what God is doing through this couple.  I remember reading the words on the Desiring God post that read “Being satisfied in God (or anything) always seems easier when all is going well. But when things you love are being stripped out of your hands, then the test is real. If God remains precious in those moments, then his supreme worth shines more brightly. He is most glorified.”

Their story is a testament of that.  I would encourage you, to read their story (Part One, Part Two, Part Three) and watch this video, and as you do I’d like to ask you to do something that you may not normally do when watching a video.  I’d like for you to pray.  Just ask God to show you what He wants you to see in this.  I think you’ll be moved and encouraged through their story.  Their story, their love for God and for each other is a picture of what it looks like to treasure Christ in your marriage.

In one of the many heart-warming moments in their story, Larissa explains the importance of laughter in their daily lives – ”

In the middle of these losses, though, sometimes we?re given little glimpses of the beauty God has designed in disability, and in Ian?s in particular. Ian is the happiest and funniest person that I know.

When I ask Ian how his day was, he usually says, “I don?t remember, so it must?ve been good.” When I drive his wheelchair into a door frame, he tells me that I?m a horrible driver. When I ask if he trusts me during a really awkward transfer into a chair, he laughs and says no. When I tell him that I spent too much money at a yard sale, he asks if I like what I bought and then moves on, knowing that in five minutes he?ll forget I even confessed it. Usually his first words in the morning have something to do with food. Like the morning that he awoke by saying, “Put some food in my mouth right now.” It is a true gift, because it is amazing that Ian can still talk and that God kept his humor, in the long list of what he lost.”

“I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord, be strong and let your heart take courage, wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:13–14).

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