Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Is it Settled In Your Soul?

                                                                                                                                      photo credit: Josh Mckenzie 

My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from him. 
He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be shaken. 
On God, my salvation, and my glory rest; The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. 
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is refuge for us. Selah.  
Psalms 62:5-8  NASB

I glanced up at my friend as she sat down beside me at church. We are both moms and caregivers for our adult child with physical disabilities. I easily recognized the familiar look of fatigue in her eyes. She leaned over and whispered to me that it had been a long morning. She was, however, excited to make it to church, even if she was a little late. I gave her a knowing look and a big hug.  

Near the end of church service, we stood with the rest of the congregation to sing the final song. A unique version of “It is Well” (You Make Me Brave - by Kristen DiMarco & Bethel Music).

As we sang my thoughts went to my friend standing next to me. I thought about how much she has gone through in the past few years and additional challenges in the last few months. Yet despite it all, I heard her quietly sing these words to the song, Through it all, through it all it is well...It is well. I knew it was not easy.

I have been there, where you strain to sing the words. Wanting to believe it, holding onto the hope that it promises and yet still the internal struggle. Near the end of the song she leaned over to me and said, “You know, it is well doesn’t mean what people might think.” I gave her a little hug, I knew exactly what she meant!

How do you explain to someone who may not comprehend how, in the midst of heartache and pain, that you REALLY can sing with passion, that it is in fact, Well with my soul?   

It is not a happiness or pretense that everything is great. More like you’re at peace in your spirit. That it is SETTLED IN YOUR SOUL!

Settled in your soul. Knowing who God is. Trusting him for strength for each day. Understanding HE IS SOVEREIGN gives us hope. Hope not dependent on circumstances. An Eternal hope, where one day there will an end to all heartbreak, pain, illness, struggles, and death!

When we know these things to be true in the very depth of our soul THEN we can say, yes even sing… It is well… with my soul. 

Some days may be more difficult than others but we can get to that place where it is Settled in our Soul no matter what!

Well then, how do we, during extraordinary difficult situations, freely sing those words with a deep sense of peace that it is well with my soul?

By surrendering constantly to Gods will. Believing he is God. Knowing he is in total control. Trusting in his faithfulness to keep his promises.

The real heart of the matter is that being well in our spirit and soul is not about us or our circumstances. It is experiencing His peace that passes all understanding even in the midst of overwhelming odds. It is resting in His love for us knowing that he cares for us. 

This is a beautiful song. Take a moment, close your eyes. Ask God to make it well with your soul.  

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for giving us hope. Hope that does not disappoint. Hope that endures through it all. It is because of that hope that we find only in you that we are able to say it is Settled IN our souls! I pray that you will bring that peace that passes understanding to each of us today as we turn to you and fully trust you and your will. 
In Jesus name, I pray

Photo Credit: Josh Mckenzie 

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