Got Distress?

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.


1 Response to Got Distress?

  1. Jeanne Yates says:

    I too have felt stress at times but did not even realize it, I have let people and family walk all over me and I would just walk away and always go back for more. I had headaches, stomach aches, sleepless nights and etc. Now as I am elderly, I sometimes speak my mind but I don’t let people walk on me anymore. I am not their doormat.
    I am married for 47 years this June.I have five grown children, two girls and three boys. My youngest daughter and my middle son both live at home for various reasons. I have two daughters-in-law, two sons-in-law but they are both estranged from my daughters. It is almost like this Yates’ family is living a soap opera.”IF IT CAN HAPPEN, IT WILL HAPPEN TO THIS FAMILY”
    I have six grandsons and eight granddaughters. I have one great granddaughter and one to be born any day now. When three of the grandchildren were each less than three months old, my husband and I stepped up to the plate and gave them a home and security. We put our life on hold so to speak to help these precious little ones when they needed us. We have never regretted it. We still have three at home, 10, 11, and 12. I am going on 64. hubby 66. We would do it over again if we had . I pray I don’t have to do that with the grandkids though because they have their own grandparents to do it. lol.
    So i guess I am stressed and don’t know it. Mornings are hectic getting ready for school. Late nights and early mornings. And to top it off, I really need all you ladies prayers. My spiritual life is up and down like a roller coaster ride. I am on fire for the Lord and then I am in a valley and don’t show my love for Jesus for a very long time. I get started on a OBS and go gung ho, then I slow down and let activities get in the way. I am just so ready to get into this study and do what God is calling me to do. I am taking classes at home to be a children’s writer and about ten years ago I had a feature film company interested in my work in progress book but I never got passed first bae and now i have the desire to write it and finish it this time. My family is 100% supportive of me but I just don’t take the time to sit and write. It is a true story about my son’s dog and it would be a wonderful read and a great movie if i only get it finished and edited. But I haven’t gotten past first base with it in over ten years. And my second course of the online school is taking over two years because I don’t sit and write. I sit and compute other things, play games, facebook, emails, well ladies, you get the picture. then I wonder why God isn’t giving me the inspiration when He gave me the ability. It isn’t God it is me. I am going to get off here and do a Bible study with my hubby. I will blog more later on. BTW, are these blogs secret too and seen only by our group?

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