You’ve heard the line many times, in a sweet old hymn and upbeat revisions of the classic.
It is well with my soul.
What is well with your soul?
Are the poetic lyrics and gentle tune well with your soul?
Is the cushioned pew or air-conditioned building well with your soul?
Are the uplifting messages one hour per week well with your soul?
I sure hope not.
That’s not what we are singing.
It is well when the tides of life surpass your comfortable wading level.
It is well when you try and fail, and fail again.
It is well when someone you love suffers.
It is well when something you cherish is taken away.
It is well when the fire engulfs you.
It is well in the dark.
It’s not only well in your heart. It’s not well by some better understanding in your mind.
It is well in your soul.
In your center.
In the essence of your being.
It is well.
It is not understood, it is not easy. It is accepted and the challenge risen to. It is faith in Him who holds you through the storms. He who carries you through the fire. He who lights the dark.
I pray we mean it, not in our minds, not just in our hearts, but truly in our souls, when we sing it is well. I pray it is truly well. And when life is not well, our souls will remember what we sang and it is honestly well with our souls.
1 Peter 2:20-21 “For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.”
I’ve felt the fire and the waves. It’s not easy, but it is well. I pray that you endure the fire and the waves with faith, because you will encounter them. It is an honor to suffer as Christ suffered. Waves are opportunities to grow and share your faith. Fires refine our souls. Trials are opportunities to focus our gaze on God and fall more in love with Him.
Trials are well.
Oceans are well.
Challenges are well.
Pain is well.
Sorrow is well.
Loss is well.
Practice what you preach. Live it out. Put your prayers into motion.
Sing honestly. Sing wholeheartedly. Sing it is well with my soul.