My daughter and I often spend our rides to her dance classes listening to our favorite Christian music. On Friday, we listened to hymns sung by the angelic-choir-like a capella group Voctave. One of their most exquisite arrangements is of the gorgeous old hymn, “It Is Well with My Soul.” (You can listen on Spotify.)
As they always do, the lyrics brought me to tears. From the heights to the depths of emotions one may experience as a Christian, this song covers the spectrum. But more than that, “It Is Well” moves me because of the events that inspired its author, Horatio Spafford, to pen its famous words.
It was the death of Spafford’s four-year-old son, followed two years later by the drowning of his four daughters, that led him to compose the words of comfort in the hymn.
Honestly, I can only relate to the beginnings of such potent faith. I hope I will never be called upon to understand it in full, should it mean the death of my children. But no matter what experiences God may bring my way, I know that he is good, and that he loves me. He will cause tragedies yet to come to draw me closer to him and make me more like him.
As in Job’s life, Spafford’s story did not end in sadness. He and his wife had another daughter, and it was she who shared with the world the story behind “It Is Well with My Soul.”
I hope all is well with your soul today!
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6,7