This morning in worship–the final song was “It is well with my Soul.” Glory be to God! This song—melts me. ABSOLUTE…MELT. I forget the world–those around me…and anything that may be burdening my heart. This hymn reminds me—that NO MATTER WHAT…His ways are higher than mine—and as I seek His face and surrender to HIS WILL—HE WILL BE GLORIFIED.
I can’t help but be wowed when I sing the words to remember the author of this hymn…a story if you have never heard–it is one that you must know. I have the books Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan. These books are fantastic as they are the hymns of olde–but by each hymn is there story…the background on each writer. “And they overcame him [the evil one] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” (Revelation 12:11). WOW. The power of testimony. Want a hymn to have deeper meaning…know the testimony of the believer who wrote it. I can’t recommend Morgan’s books enough…and the writer of “It is Well”…Horatio G. Spafford has a story that must be told…
Wow. As I sang this morning and thought of Spafford’s life—and how he wrote and STILL SANG THIS SONG…tears came into my eyes. Seriously…IS IT WELL WITH MY SOUL?
No matter what…will I follow Him?
If Isaac comes home and it is harder than I ever thought…is it well?
If he never walks…is it well? (He will! Believing he is going to be a HEALTHY boy…but what IF…is it well?)
If we don’t pass court on the 13th…is it well?
If I lose all…like Spafford…is it well?
O, LORD haste the day when my faith shall be sight, the clouds be rolled back as a scroll; The trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend, “even so” it is well with my soul.
This is not about my story—it is about HIS story. Without His power, I would still be a lost, lonely, sad soul—searching for meaning, wondering why I am here, and feeling alone. He grabbed me when I turned 18–and said, “Follow Me.” I am reminded today—that this life is not my own, that it’s about HIS STORY and that no matter what happens…it is well because He is all that matters.
It’s not about me…it’s not about you…it’s about Him. I am blown away today by His love–and that He brings along others with us to do life with us…to hold one another’s hands and say, “No matter what—let’s stick together running to the cross…let’s not look to the left or right—but run to Him and trust Him no matter what! Let’s raise our hands to the King saying, “Glory be to God!” and trust Him with all that is to come!”
Let us join Spafford in saying “It is well; the will of God be done.”
P.S. I checked my mailbox yesterday to find not one, not two…but THREE precious gifts from 3 precious mommies who are believers and are running this race with me. Melanie, Jenny and Jenn…thank you for showering God’s love on me this weekend. I can’t wait to share these sweet gifts with everyone tomorrow. How thankful I am for all of your prayers…it would be an HONOR to pray for you and your families—so please send me your prayer requests so I can also pray for your family. It would be a privilege to pray as we walk this road toward our Savior’s will together. Love you all.
P.S. 11 more days until our court date (May 13th in the watches of the morning…) praying for the Lord’s will to be done.