Are you waiting for the storm to pass and the pain to cease to say, “It is well with my soul?” If so my friend you are missing out on an incredible experience. We know life on this side of heaven can be painful and challenging. But God wants us to find peace in the midst of our pain.
A Familiar Hymn
There is a hymn that might be familiar to you, “It is well with my soul.” It was written by hymnist Horatio Spafford and composed by Philip Bliss. When Horatio wrote this beautiful hymn, he was not in a place where his life was pain-free. He had just lost all of his remaining children in a shipwreck. Horatio was traveling to meet his wife who had survived.
He did not wait for things to get better to say, “It is well with my soul.” Instead, he was reaching out to God knowing he would find peace even in the midst of this tragedy.
How to Embrace Peace
I didn’t learn how to fully embrace peace until God allowed suffering in my life, the kind of pain I could not hold on my own. Have you ever had that sort of pain? The kind you can’t hide nor sweep under the rug. It eats at your soul, ravishes your mind, and gives you no rest. You know, the kind you can’t control.
It was then that I understood God was who would carry me through. However, it would not miraculously happen overnight. I would need to do my part too.
To Uncover God’s Peace that transcends all understanding one must choose wisely.
One Must Choose –
To Trust God in the Pain
It will mean trusting God even though it hurts and might not make sense. It might help saying, “Okay God I don’t understand, I don’t like it, but I will trust you.
Accept our Circumstance
We will have to face reality and accept our circumstances. You might want to say, “It is what it is.” to help you along with this step.
Let Go of Control
Then we will have to release our control and recognize we never really did have any power.
Live in the Present Moment
We will need to live in the present moment. Sometimes this means taking things one moment at a time.
I can sing, “It is Well With My Soul,” and mean it from the depths of my heart when I choose to trust God in my suffering.
Sometimes it takes a little practice to get to a place where we can say, “It is well with my soul.” But when we do, we will find an incredible love from our Father above. And then out of nowhere you will be standing in the midst of painful circumstances and realize deep down in your soul you do have a feeling of peace which transcends all understanding.
Of course, this doesn’t mean the pain goes away, or the struggle isn’t real. It just says in the midst of it all we can feel God’s love and peace. No, I don’t understand why we have to endure so much suffering here on earth. But I do know when we choose to trust God with the outcomes and believe in his promises; we will find peace in the midst of our pain.