• Heidi J. Smith

It is Well

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Is it well with you today?

Horatio and Anna Spafford were blessed with four daughters and a successful business.

In 1871, the Great Chicago Fire destroyed a huge chunk of the city, and several of the Spafford's investment properties.

A couple of years later Horatio planned a family vacation to Europe. At the last minute, he was detained by business so his wife and daughters sailed on the S.S. Ville de Havre.

The ocean liner was struck by another ship and sunk. His four daughters drowned, only his wife survived.

Horatio heard the terrible news and boarded another ship to go meet his wife.

As he sailed across the Atlantic Ocean, he wrote these words:

"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

It is well With my soul It is well, it is well with my soul"

How could a man who endured such pain pen these words?

The same way we can be well today in 2020.

We can direct our eyes to the Lord not our circumstances.

Our circumstances change just like the ocean. One day is peaceful and quiet; while another day is tempestuous and uncertain. But our God never changes. No matter what happens, He is with us and will help us.

"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging." Psalm 46:1-3

God is our anchor. As we sail through life, we can lean on Him for strength when our strength is gone. We can trust Him to carry us through the storms. He is our "ever-present help."

As we start 2021, what storms swirl around and threaten to steal your peace?

May we look to Jesus, our refuge and strength, and keep our eyes off of our circumstances.


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