A prayer for peace.
If you were raised in church like me, or even if you weren’t, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Horatio G. Spafford. If you haven’t, he wrote the hymn “It Is Well With My Soul” in the 1870s.
He wrote the hymn when his life was at his darkest. He had lost his son, his business was destroyed in the great Chicago fire, and his four daughters were killed on a boat heading to Europe. After finding out about the loss of his daughters, he wrote this hymn.
The song didn’t come in a joyful moment, it came with great sorrow at a very dark moment in his life. He still had peace from the Lord, it was well with his soul.
Tonight, it is not well with my soul.
The saying is true, “When it rains, it pours.” It has truly been pouring on me these past few days. My grandfather has been in & out of the hospital for weeks, my father had a medical scare related to his 2015 heart attack, my mother finishing up school, end of the year assignments & finals, drama with friends, and trying not to take out frustrations on my long distance boyfriend.. it has been a rough week. It has been a week filled with longer prayers, stronger tears, and a lack of sleep. I didn’t lose my family or business, but it has been a rough week.
But Jesus didn’t promise to make every day easy. In fact, He never promised life would be easy at all. However, He did promise to be a refuge in times of trouble.
“The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.”
Psalm 9:9-10 NIV
He did promise to supply our needs.
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:19 NIV
And most of all, He did promise salvation and eternal life.
“that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.””
John 3:15 NIV
Jesus didn’t promise that it would always be well with my soul, but because of His promises I can remain faithful through it all.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Matthew 6:34 NIV
~and if not, He is still good~