“Is it well with your soul?” This question has been on my mind as I take in all that is happening in our country, our world, and my life right now. The well known hymn “It Is Well With My Soul” was written by a wealthy Chicago lawyer, Horatio Spafford, with a thriving legal practice, a beautiful wife, four beautiful daughters and a son. He was also a lover of God and faithful student of the Scriptures. They had lost their son to a tragedy and in 1873, Spafford planned a boat trip to Europe for vacation for him and his wife and four daughters to also recover from the tragedy of losing their son. He had sent his wife and daughters ahead of him as he stayed behind to take care of some last minute business in Chicago. However a few days later, he received a notice that his family’s ship encountered collision and all four of his daughters died and only his wife survived. Through this tragedy, that is how this hymn was written. It is a powerful hymn still today 100+ years later. Here is a link to the hymn for you to listen to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HLyhEdh92E
Personally my husband, 2 year old son, and I have been sick with colds and lingering coughs for a few weeks now while being in the last month of my pregnancy. We are also pending a move back, hopefully next weekend (Lord willing!) to our Sunnyvale home after a year of renovation, there’s been many unexpected delays. My mom has been going through lung cancer treatments and thankfully is in remission now, however, my dad just in the last two weeks had gall bladder infection from gall bladder stones and will undergo surgery soon. My in laws have been going through mental and emotional pain from the past that’s just catching up to them now and thankfully are seeking counseling. All this is happening while we anticipate the birth of our baby girl this coming Thanksgiving. All this to say, I ask myself “Is it well with my soul?”
I know from each week’s connection cards and prayer requests, there’s lots happening and going on in our lives. It feels like the waves in the storm never calm down, waves are crashing and we are in defense mode trying to fix and tackle every issue as it rises. Even with our nation, all that is happening with the upcoming election, there is chaos to say the least. Can we say, “It is well with our souls?” With what is happening in the world and the injustices people have been facing, Christians being persecuted by ISIS and other terrorist and militia groups, can we stand with our brothers and sisters globally and say, “It is well with our souls?”
In Mark 4:35-41, the disciples are with Jesus in a boat and a storm comes and high waves are filling the boat with water. The disciples are anxious and scared while Jesus is sleeping at the back of the boat. The disciples woke Jesus up by shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care we if drown?” Jesus then gets up and rebukes the wind and waves and tells the disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
Let our prayers be, “Lord, give us greater faith. Give us eyes to see and ears to hear your Spirit. Help us. Save us. Help us see you and put our hope and trust in You daily.” The circumstances in life often drag us down and pull us into the miry pit and our souls are not well, but our Lord and Savior Jesus has always been there and is always there for us whether we realize it or not. We need to keep our eyes on the author and perfecter of our faith, Jesus Christ. What does it mean to be well with our souls knowing that Jesus is Lord and Savior of all?
I encourage us this week in our life groups to ask each other this question, “Is it well with your soul?” Spend some time praying and sharing with one another what it would look like for you individually and together as a community to be well with your soul in the wind and waves of life. How can we continue to spur one another on towards love and good deeds, loving and trusting Jesus more, and loving our neighbors as ourselves?
Praying with you all,
So glad we have been given the opportunity to live life together in Jesus’ Name.
For His glory,