It is Well With My Soul
By Heather L Campbell
January 31, 2014
There are some things we are not prepared for nor can we prepare for. Many events happen in our lives that are unexpected and nothing, absolutely nothing can perpare us for them.
In hindsight I can see where one difficult event in my life may have helped prepare me for the next difficult one in the sense of realizing the best thing for me to do is turn to God for His guidance, comfort and strength.
Many times I have been able to help others who are going though difficult times because of what I had been through in the past. Many people have told me they thought if I got through it, they would do so too. Many times when we don’t know what the future holds good outcomes seem impossible.
Knowing what other people have gone through and how their faith and belief helped them has helped me.
The story of Horatio G. Spafford and his wife Anna has helped me many times.
They lived in a suburb on the north side of Chicago with their five children in the late 1860’s. Their four year-old son, Horatio, Jr. died of scarlet fever. Then in October of 1871 when the Great Chicago Fire broke out and they suffered great financial losses..
In 1873 the Spafford’s planned a trip to Europe. Mrs. Spafford wife and their four daughters were on the steamer Ville du Havre when it collided with an iron sailing ship. She survived but their four daughters perished. When she got to Wales, Mrs Safford telegraphed her husband, “Saved alone. What shall I do?”
Mr. Spafford had planned to catch up with his family as he was unavoidable detained when they left. When he got the word of the disaster he left Chicago to go to his wife’s side. The captain of the ship called him to the bridge and informed Mr. Spafford that they were now passing the place where the Ville du Havre collided with the iron sailing ship. Mr. Spafford then wrote his famous hymn, “It Is Well With My Soul”
Mr. Spafford may have taken the words “It is well” from the words of the Shunammite woman that lost her only son who was later raised from the dead by Elisha. (2 Kings 4:26) It was commonly thought he did.
This song and the story behind is so inspiring. The Spaffords faith in God did not falter. He and his wife went through so very much in their lives. I can’t fathom the extent of the anguish of their loss of their son and then the loss of their four daughters in this tragedy. Yet in the midst of his grief, he wrote this beautiful hymn.
Surely his faith and his belief play an important role in his composing this song.
When God gets us through to the other side of one ordeal, we know deep inside he will get us through the next ordeal we face.
We never know in life what ordeals we will face. We may not know the why… and we probably will never feel prepared.
I know God is there for me. I know He will get me through the heartache and anguish I feel. I love the Lord with my whole heart. I trust in Him. I know He loves me and I don’t need to know the reasons why things happen… I only know He will comfort me, strengthen me and give me the guidance I need to get through all the ordeals of my life.
Like the Horatio Spafford hymn – It is well with my soul.