It is well with my soul…
These words rang loud in me as we sang this precious hymn in church Sunday.
Nick and I learn a hymn and use it for his copy work (handwriting practice) in school in each week. This week we chose this song.
And the words have been in my face every day.
Is it well with my soul?
Horatio G. Spafford, wrote this hymn. How easy it is to imagine this very successful, and wealthy Chicago lawyer, who was great friends with DL Moody and loved the Lord, writing such a song.
But, he wrote it after suffering great loss.
Almost unimaginable loss…
His only son was killed by scarlet fever at the age of four in 1870. A year later, the great Chicago Fire wiped out all of his real estate on the shores of Lake Michigan.
To escape the emotion of the devastation they had experienced, he decided to take his wife and four daughters on a holiday to England.
They traveled to New York to catch the French ship ‘Ville de Havre’. Before setting sail, a business development forced Horatio to postpone his trip but he urged his wife and four daughters to go on without him and promised to meet up them soon.
He returned to Chicago while they sailed east to England.
Nine days later, Spafford would receive a telegram from his wife in Wales.
The ‘Ville de Havre’ had collided with another vessel and sank in only 12 minutes. It claimed the lives of 226 people – including Horatio and Anna Spafford’s four daughters.
Horatio rushed out on the next ship to meet his distraught wife.
“Run at once to meet her and say to her, ‘Is all well with you? Is all well with your husband? Is all well with the child?’” And she answered, “All is well.” ~ 2 Kings 4:26
It has been said that it was when they passed the place where the ship was wrecked – where the water is 3 miles deep – Horatio stood on the deck in silence. Then he returned to his cabin and penned the lyrics of this great hymn.
It is well with my soul…
None of us know how we will react until we find ourselves sitting in the middle of a violent and sometimes very deadly storm.
The God who sustained Horatio and his wife, the God who sustained Job, the God who sustains me and my family and countless others will also sustain you.
The source of that strength is an open secret.
It is available to all and will enable you to live victoriously no matter what you face in this life. Because in this life – it is not a matter of if a great trial will impact you – it is a matter of when? Will you be armed and ready?
God’s unfailing love enables us to be masters of our circumstances, instead of its victim.
No matter what circumstances life brings our way may we all be able to say with Horatio Spafford…
It is well with my soul.
When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul!
It is well … with my soul!
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
Is it well with your soul?