It Is Well With My Soul

15 09 2011

One of the songs I remember my mother walking around the house singing is an old school hymn whose verse is ….It Is Well With My Soul.  I think the words of this song really talk about actually feeling and knowing peace even when you ain’t feel like you are at rest.  It is to feel like all is OK even though you are going through it.  You know what I am talking about; it is feeling like all is well despite the bad breakup that you just went through even when it STILL hurts or when you just lost your job.   It’s a peace that surpasses all understanding….  It surpasses it because to the human eye folks will think, “how come she is not falling all apart” and you aren’t falling apart because you know that despite what you can see that God is working in ways you cannot see!   Yes that is exactly what faith is.   It is sitting back and trusting that God has your back through it all, even when it does not feel like it.  It is learning to be like Jesus was on that boat with His disciples.  Remember the story when the storm was raging while they were on the boat in the middle of the sea and Jesus was asleep.  Do you remember what the disciples said as they woke Jesus up from sleeping…

 “do you not care that we are perishing?” –  Mark 4:38

You see when you know that all is well you TRUST that even though there is a storm raging all around you, you can rest assured that you will be OK.  That is why Jesus could sleep on that boat in the midst of that powerful storm.  It is having a peace about you knowing that if you can just hang in there all is going to be OK.  But it is more than just hanging in there it is having a happy peace while you do.   So this notion of trust is more than just positive thinking, it is positive living as you learn to TRUST God in all things and in all times.  And you learn how to trust God has you get to know Him more and more.  After all,  we all experience life’s bumps in the road when things don’t turn out the way we expect them.  In those moments we can either panic and think NOOOOO this is not how this is supposed to be.  Or we can learn to TRUST that all things work together for the good and that all WILL be well because eventually it always is.  So if we can TRUST the process, the ride will go that much smoother as we too fall asleep on our boats of life.  We can fall asleep thanks to that inner feeling that inner urge that everything is going to be alright and that is how you feel … it is well with my soul!

 Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances. – Mohandas Gandhi

 Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. – Martin Luther King Jr.

 When we are present in each moment, the past gently rolls up behind us and the future slowly unravels before us.  – Rev Richard Levy

 Everything you do can be done better from a place of relaxation. – Stephen C. Paul

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