It Is Well

It Is Well by Horatio G. Spafford
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When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
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Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
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My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
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And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.
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This is the song that was on my iPod when I woke up this morning.  It’s one of those songs that I didn’t really understand the meaning of when I sang it as a little kid.  When the biggest trial in life was whether or not I had to lay down and act like I was sleeping while my brother took a nap, it was just another song.  And even when I was in junior high and I was worrying about whether or not I was truly a part of the popular group, it still didn’t hit home.
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Now I know that I was extremely blessed, and there are so many little kids and especially so many young teenagers who would know what this song was talking about.  They’ve dealt with more in their few years than I have in my entire life.  And while my heart breaks when I think about all of the kids that are hurting right now, I’m so thankful that I didn’t have to understand the meaning of this song until much later.
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Throughout high school and college, and even through these past few years, this song has come to mean so much to me.
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Verse 1:  There are going to be (and have been) times where it seems like nothing could ever go wrong–times where happiness overflows and blessings are in abundance.  And then there are going to be (and have been) times where nothing seems to be going right, and the pain is so strong that it seems like there will never be a light at the end of the tunnel.  There are uncertainties and accomplishments, gains and losses, changes and improvements.  But God has taught me over and over again that He is faithful, and whether things seem good or bad, he is ALWAYS there, and His plans are bigger than anything I could imagine for myself.  Because of that, I can (and pray I always will be able to) say, “It is well, it is well with my soul.”
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Verse 2:  Praise God for this verse!  I will never be able to be perfect.  As an extreme perfectionist, this has been hard to grasp at times.  But Christ, in His mercy, has given Himself to make me–helpless in my own strength against trials–perfect in the sight of God.
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Verse 3:  I don’t think I fully grasped all that this verse meant until I was in college.  The more I grew in my knowledge of God and how his holiness and justice and magnificence are way higher than anything I could ever grasp, I began to have a more correct view of my own sin.  I feel like sin and even Christ’s sacrifice are downplayed and somewhat commercialized in the church today, and it’s only when I grew closer closer to Christ that I truly began to see my need for Him.  And to know that I am FREE–“Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!”
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Verse 4:  It’s almost embarrassing to admit this, but I didn’t really like to think about heaven until recently.  I definitely didn’t have a desire to be there–even though it was nice to read verses about it and sing about it.  But then I read “The Slumber of Christianity” by Ted Dekker, and my eyes were opened to just how amazing heaven–and spending eternity with Jesus–will be.  The first Christians were obsessed with the hope of heaven and of Jesus’ return for them.  I think I’m finally starting to see what that obsession was about.
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About mselizondo

We've been married since December of 2008, and our son, Josiah, was born in July of 2012. We love spending time with family, running, music, traveling, and reaching out to others as a family. View all posts by mselizondo

4 responses to “It Is Well

  • Kimberly

    Amen! Great post Staci! I love keeping up with your blog (this is NeverlandCLub23 from the DIS). You’re so funny and a great writer! I checked my local library’s catalog and they have the book you mentioned so I will be checking it out this weekend. Any other books you’d recommend? I’ve been looking for some good ones (especially faith inspired ones). I’m going on a solo trip to WDW for the half marathon in October so I need lots of reading material for hanging out at the pool during the day :). Take care and God Bless You!

    • mselizondo

      Thanks Kimberly! I’m so glad you’ve liked it. It’s definitey a book that will make you think. He’s by far our favorite author, but we usually read his fiction stuff. Black, Red, and White (the Circle Trilogy) is both of our favorites. Francine Rivers is also an incredible Christian fiction author. Redeeming Love and the Mark of the Lion Series are my favorites. As far as non-fiction stuff goes, I’m reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan right now, and everyone has had lots of great things to say about it. The Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster is a good book about Spiritual Discipline, and Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller is a good non-traditional view of Christianity. Let me know if you need more! I’m going to make a “books” page on the blog–hopefully Monday. You’ll have to make a TR for your October trip! Thanks–you too!

  • Denise C.

    What a great post! I love that you broke down each verse and related it to things we go through today. Like Kimberly, I’m heading to the library later today and will be checking that book out. I’ve read other Ted Dekker books and loved them!

    • mselizondo

      Thank you Denise! I’ve woken up with that song on my mind a lot lately. It’s a really good book–you’ll definitely view Heaven differently! Dekker is our absolute favorite author! We were able to meet him at The Gathering in Dallas in April.

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