Today's Devotional Thought
October 12, 2009 by Wendy Foreman
It is Well
I read the following in the book, A Glorious Journey, by Charles Stanley and wanted to share it with you.
“In the year 1874, a passenger steamer, the Ville de Havre, was on the way to Europe. There was a family from Chicago on board---Mrs. H.G. Spafford and her four little daughters. The father, a Chicago lawyer, was too busy to go with them at the time, but he intended to follow later.
In midocean a collision took place with a sailing vessel, and nearly all on board was lost. The four children were drowned at sea, but a sailor discovered Mrs. Spafford floating in the water. He rescued her, and she cabled to her husband from shore, “Saved alone.” Mr. Spafford started immediately for England to bring his wife back to Chicago. Dr. D. L Moody left his meetings in Edinburgh and went to Liverpool to try to comfort the bereaved parents, and he was greatly pleased that they were able to say, “It is well; the will of God be done.”
From that experience Mr. Spafford wrote the hymn “It is Well with My Soul” to commemorate his children’s tragic deaths. This hymn has been used to comfort others with the comfort he received from the Lord. The first verse says it all:
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.”
I was really touched by this story. And, to someone who has never really experienced this peace, it is hard to explain. The more I’ve gone through sorrow the more I have felt God’s peace, it really is indescribable. I hope that today no matter what you are facing that you will be able to say “IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL.”