Just a few days ago, I was sitting with Bryan in his room having a conversation. During the conversation, he looked at me and said - "You know some things that we think are important in our lives .... don't really matter." We went on to talk about how events like those that have occurred in his life over the last few weeks really make you think about what is important in life. It was the first real conversation we have had in over 2 months.
Bryan has a long road of recovery ahead. To be honest, we are not sure what the future holds, but I am confident that we serve a God who does know what the future holds. Bryan's illness and complications did not catch Him by surprise. He knows exactly what is happening. I pray daily for healing and trust that the Lord can provide that, but I am also praying that God will bring good out of this difficult situation. I am trusting in Romans 8:28 and believe that just as the life of Joseph shows - God can take a terrible situation and turn it into good (see Genesis 50:20).
One lesson that I have learned is to treasure every moment in my life and to focus my life on what really matters. I can think of no better way to honor Bryan on his birthday than to focus my life on what really matters. Maybe today you can celebrate with Bryan wherever you are by hugging your family, rebuilding a relationship, or taking time to call someone you've been meaning to call. Most importantly, maybe today you can take time to think about all that God has done for you, you can focus on the cross and the Savior's love for you, and maybe be still for just a moment and reconnect to Jesus. Because, after all, those are the things that really matter.