All will be well with you

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Religion - Cather­ine Galas­soVig­orito Colum­nist

In the 1800s, Ho­ra­tio Gates Spaf­ford wrote the beloved hymn ti­tled: It is Well With my Soul.

It was penned from per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence; writ­ten af­ter ma­jor tragedies in life.

Spaf­ford and his wife, Anna, had five chil­dren; one son and four daugh­ters. First, his four-year old son, Ho­ra­tio Ju­nior, died sud­denly of scar­let fever. Next, the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 rav­aged the city and ru­ined him fi­nan­cially. Still, Spaf­ford as­sisted the home­less, im­pov­er­ished, and grief­stricken dev­as­tated by the fire. Spaf­ford tried to help the peo­ple of the city get back on their feet af­ter the de­struc­tive in­ferno.

Two years later, Spaf­ford, his wife along with their four daugh­ters de­cided to take a va­ca­tion. They were to go to Eng­land to join Dwight Moody on one of his evan­ge­lis­tic cru­sades. Then, they’d travel to Europe. De­layed by some busi­ness, Spaf­ford sent his fam­ily on ahead. Spaf­ford would catch up to them on the other side of the At­lantic.

But while cross­ing the ocean, there was a col­li­sion with an­other ship. All four of Spaf­ford’s young daugh­ters died in the ac­ci­dent. His wife, Anna was res­cued and sur­vived.

In tremen­dous grief, Spaf­ford left Chicago to meet Anna, whowas stay­ing with friends in France. At one point dur­ing the voy­age, the ship’s cap­tain sum­moned Spaf­ford and told that their ship was pass­ing near the spot where his daugh­ters had passed away. Lean­ing for strength on his tremen­dous faith in God, Spaf­ford reached for a pen and wrote these words:

“When peace like a river, at­ten­deth my way,

When sor­rows like sea bil­lows roll;

What­ever my lot, Thou has taught me to know,

It is well, it is well, with my soul.”

Spaf­ford found hope in God when ev­ery­thing else seemed lost. When Spaf­ford and his wife fi­nally met up with Dwight Moody, Spaf­ford pur­port­edly said qui­etly, “It is well… The will of God be done.”

Life may have thrown you some over­whelm­ing curves. And with tear­ful eyes, you may be strug­gling with sor­row, re­grets or many af­flic­tions. Maybe your sit­u­a­tion ap­pears bleak, seems hope­less, and your heart­felt de­sires have not yet come to pass. How­ever, you must not live bit­ter, stressed out, and de­feated. In­stead, take hold of God’s hand, turn your wor­ries over to Him and find rest

hat­ever hap­pens, you needn’t walk it alone. So, re­lease the weight of your bur­dens onto the Lord. Stay in peace, and He will heal, de­liver and re­store you in ev­ery area of your life. In the Scrip­tures I read: Af­ter suf­fer­ing great losses, Job learned to trust God un­der all con­di­tions. And, Job was given back twice what he lost.

In the mask of ad­ver­sity, God was shap­ing Moses to stand be­fore Pharaoh and say, “Let my peo­ple go.” There­after, Moses led the peo­ple out of Is­rael.

The Apos­tle Paul spent years in­side a prison cell. Yet, his in­flu­ence has been great, as he wrote much of the Bible’s NewTes­ta­ment.

Af­ter be­ing un­fairly treated, Joseph chose to have an op­ti­mistic, faith­ful at­ti­tude. In time, God’s pur­pose be­came clear, and Joseph was re­warded with over­see­ing the lands of Egypt, go­ing from a prison to a palace.

And some­thing good can come from the ad­ver­sity you are now con­fronting. So, don’t quit.

“You do not re­al­ize now what I am­do­ing, but later you will un­der­stand.” (John 13:7).

Thus, trust God for bet­ter things to come. And con­tinue to be­lieve and pray bold prayers. That’s what a reader from Sri Lanka did. A while ago, I re­ceived an in­spir­ing email from a woman from the is­land na­tion south of In­dia in the In­dian Ocean.

The res­i­dent of Sri Lanka, wrote, “I am writ­ing to tell you I read your col­umn to­day on God work­ing in im­pos­si­ble sit­u­a­tions. It was so en­cour­ag­ing, so thanks so much.” She con­tin­ued, “I am in such an im­pos­si­ble cir­cum­stance. Yet, God gave me a prom­ise some years ago re­gard­ing it. I have been get­ting many in­di­ca­tions from the Lord and I am fol­low­ing the in­struc­tions He has given in Ex­o­dus 14: “Fear not, stand still, and see the de­liv­er­ance He will do for you.” So, I be­lieve that prom­ise. I am pray­ing big prayers, and I’m ex­cited that He and He alone will de­liver this mir­a­cle.”

Ev­ery­thing changed when this reader de­cided she would think pos­i­tive and be­lieve for bet­ter days to come. She did her part and waited on God to do His part. And in the rain­for­est and arid plains of Sri Lanka, her mir­a­cle came to pass.

Ac­cord­ingly, let’s pray and ask God to give us the strength to en­dure and face chal­lenges with the right at­ti­tude. Through our own per­sonal com­mu­ni­ca­tion with God, fear and panic can leave and seren­ity and calm­ness will take its place. Soon, a so­lu­tion will be­come clear, be­cause God gives clar­ity to our think­ing when our mind is fo­cused on Him. So do not give way to dis­cour­age­ment, no mat­ter how se­verely strained or sur­rounded by prob­lems you may be. Per­haps, it is dark and cloudy right now. But as you look up, press for­ward and trust, far above those gloomy clouds, the sun is al­ways shin­ing.

In some cul­tures, eat­ing a meal with an­other means, “You are my friend,” and “I’m with you.” That’s how God feels about you. You are “His friend,; His beloved child,” and “He is with you.”

Yes, the tri­als might come our way. Yet, you won’t face them alone. Our Cre­ator is there to com­fort and care for you. So just keep singing, “It is well; it is well” and be­lieve… be­cause with God be­side us, all is truly, “well with my soul.”

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