God saves. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. Psalm 107:19
Little did I know that this verse would be so important to me this week. My husband and I gave up our home in July, 2012 to ensure that his mom was cared for and her needs would be met as my husband’s father passed away in June, 2012. She is legally blind and fiercely independent. Feisty at times.
Last Saturday a huge misunderstanding occurred. To keep peace in the family, I apologized. Sunday as I open the lesson, I cried to the Lord, Lord do you really want me here. I am hurt and I am angry. I chose to forgive my mother in law for saying some hurtful things and I feel sadness.
Then Monday April 15 happened, the bombing at the Boston Marathon and my problems seems small. God does save. He calmed me and answered my prayer and things seem to have returned to normal at home but I have made some decisions. I feel like I have been giving up my life to meet her needs, this has caused me stress. So I am going to take time to exercise and do the things I used to do. I went to church last night. The praise music was good. I am at peace with my decision. I am going to allow God to love for me and work through me. I love to sing and as I thought about the tragedy and I remembered the song, It Is Well With My Soul, I sat down to write and this is what the Lord gave me about tragedy.
Tragedy can strike in a moment and change your life. One feels profound sadness when tragedy strikes and can rob one’s hope. One can question, where is God? Horatio Spafford was a lawyer who understood tragedy and loss. He and his wife had a son die in childhood in 1871. After the great Chicago fire of 1871, much of the family’s wealth was lost. Despite these losses a vacation was planned to Europe on the SS Ville du Havre. At the last moment, plans changed he stayed to take care of business. Planning to join his family in a few days, he sent his wife and four daughters ahead of him. The ship was crossing the Atlantic when it was hit by an iron sailing vessel. Many perished in November 1973, his wife was among the survivors but their four daughters perished, his wife’s telegram read, “Saved Alone, What Shall I Do”? To be with his grieving wife, he traveled by ship to England. At the approximate place where his daughters perished, in his sorrow, he wrote the song Ville du Havre, known today: It Is Well With My Soul.
This well know song has blessed my life. The first verse of the song, “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.” Has tragedy plagued you? Are you hurting today? Suffering from the loss of a loved one, loss of a job, loss of a dream. Perhaps today you are facing deepening trouble in your marriage or health problems such as chronic pain. Is your soul downcast? In Psalm 42: 5, we find the solution to our downcast soul. Put your hope in God through praising him and remembering who God is and what He has done. Mr. and Mrs. Spafford had more children after he penned the famous words to this song. A son and two daughters, and yet again suffered the loss of the son. Even with the sadness in their lives in 1881 the family moved to Jerusalem to meet the needs of the people in Israel . Oh, how our God comforted and used the Spafford’s . God can be trusted with your pain. He will comfort you today. Even though I suffer daily with pain, I can say, It is well, It is well, with my soul. Can you? If not, will you consider: Romans 15: 13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.