I remember the first time I ever heard the song, "It Is Well With My Soul". I was 17. It was in June, 1978. I had just graduated from high school and my mom and I had flown out to California together to attend a two week in-depth Bible course sponsored by our denomination.
It had been a year of change for me. My world had been shaken to the core that previous October, exactly six weeks before my 17th birthday. My beloved father had stepped out of this world and into the next at the age of 43, leaving his heart-broken daughter behind. The only thing that comforted me was the knowledge that my dad had come to Christ three weeks prior to his death and I knew... I knew that all the suffering was over, he was safe and that the final words I had spoken to him just a few short hours before his passing were true. I would see him in the morning...
One evening, during a worship service, a young woman sang this song. I could not keep the tears from flowing down my face. I thought about my dad's two year battle with cancer. I thought about how despite the horror and pain of it all, God's great love, mercy and grace was far greater. He is bigger than the storm, He is bigger than the pain. God is bigger and nothing, NOTHING can separate us from the love of Christ!
In the years since, I have faced times of uncertainty and times of grief. I have battled many storms and even fought my own battle with cancer. God has been with me every step of the way, turning the darkness into light... one moment at a time.
I found a video of this precious song which also tells the story of the writing of it. May it bless you as it has blessed me and remember; when we follow Jesus, it is well with our souls... no matter what!
You O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. Ps. 18:28
I absolutely can't wait to see Jesus and say "thank You" for all you've done and one of the things He has done has secured an eternity with those we have lost in this place called "time" but they aren't lost they are just "out of sight"
My Pastor preached a message at the going home of my spiritual mom and used the illustration of a ship going out to sea, after awhile they travel out past our vision but they are still there, we just can't see em and that's how it is when Jesus calls one of His saints home...they are still there..we just can't see em... .. the story of your father is what seperates us from those who have no hope!! it would certainly had to be tragic to lose your dad at that age...devestating but even more so if it wasn't in "light of eternity"... We have the Promise of One who rose from the Grave..
I will come again and receive You unto Myself that where I am (and where Your loved ones "In Christ" are) there you maybe also... .
"Thank You Jesus!!!""
and thank you K, for this message and the goodnews of the promised reunion with your dad... "I can Only Imagine"
Again, a beautiful message of endurance, Sister K! Thank you for sharing of the strong faith of following our Lord through the good, the bad and the ugly! God Bless you and your family richly! Dave