He had sent his family ahead to visit evangelist D.L. Moody, but the ship and his four daughters disappeared into the foamy death of the sea. His wife was the lone survivor of the horrific crash, as she clung to the debris. En route to comfort her, he stood on the deck and watched the sea roll over his sorrow. Returning to his cabin, he penned the words to this song.
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
Those who grieve spill tears in every moment and wear huge holes in their hearts. It’s easy to assume that those tears indicate a lack of trust in God and a refusal to heal. But that isn’t so.
Horatio Spafford painted a beautiful picture of God’s healing in our circumstance. While grieving the loss of his four daughters he still uttered the words…It is well with my soul.
Trusting God doesn’t mean that tears can’t fall. It doesn’t mean that there is no pain. In fact, there WILL be pain in this life, but we are blessed BEYOND that. Sang in more recent days, the song goes…
I am pressed but not crushed Persecuted not abandoned Struck down but not destroyed. I’m blessed beyond the curse for his promise will endure
And his joy’s gonna be my strength
His promise will endure. Beyond the curse. Beyond the circumstance. It is in that truth that I can say, It is well with my soul. Tears and trust don’t have to be separate. They can fall at the same time. For even in the pain, His JOY is my strength. Even in the tears, my heart beams with hope. For it is well with my soul.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the LORD delivers him out of them all. Psalm 34:19
Have you ever felt the tears and yet still clung to the truth that all is well with your soul? What do you think often keeps us from doing so?
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