Can I really say, “It is well,” when SO many are hurting? I am finding that sometimes I simply cannot say it, sing it, feel it, or really know it. There are moments of truth when there is so much doubt in my heart that things are well, that I cannot come to grips with that saying.
I heard a story once that the hymn, “It Is Well,” was written by a man while he sat on the dock looking out to the ocean. He was admiring the mighty seas and writing to the God Almighty after losing his family in a shipwreck. What a testimony! If this is true, and he penned those words in the heartbreak of his loss, then certainly I should be able to say them in the midst of my struggles and worries. Even if I have friends and family member facing cancer, wasn’t his situation even worse? Is what I say dependent on my circumstances? Or is what I say dependent on who I believe in?
The writer of Hebrews records in chapter 11 verse 1, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” If we choose to believe the word of God, then there it is. What I say is dependent on who I trust, not how I feel. It is dependent on who is in control, not how little I feel in control. It is dependent on the mighty God of the universe and what HE says is well. If HE says it is well, then
IT IS WELL.