It Is Well

I hope this article finds you doing well, but if not, I have something to share with you.

I have recently been reminded of a song (actually, a hymn) written by Mr. Horation Spafford. Just the name might have some of you knowing where I’m going, but let’s go there just the same.

Mr. Spafford, an attorney, had just lost an incredible amount of money through his investments in real estate, from the big Chicago fire, in 1871. At this same time, he lost his only son, age 4, to scarlet fever. It’s easy to see the reason that Mr. Spafford had incredible amounts of grief and heaviness in his heart.

Sometime after this, he decided that he and his family needed a break, a time of rest and refreshing. So he sent his wife and four daughters on a ship, to meet them soon in England, after he finished up some business.

That never happened.

The ship, Ville du Havre, collided with an iron sailing vessel and sunk into ocean. Only forty-seven survivors made it out of that horrendous night. One of them was his wife, who sent him a cable, “Saved Alone.”  All of his remaining children, daughters, were now also, gone.

Does life ever feel like that to you? Life won’t stop putting pressure and grief into your “To Do” basket? Or a family that you know seems to be dealing with grief, only to find out that there is more seemingly bad news?

But what’s so amazing and wonderful in the midst of all this grief, is that Mr. Spaffords story is not over.  He boards a ship to meet up with his wife, who barely survived. And while he’s on the ship, the captain comes to him and tells him that they are sailing over the site where the Ville du Havre went down. Knowing this, Spafford found it hard to sleep and declared, “It is well; the will of God be done.” 

I want that spirit! That spirit who doesn’t look at the situations of my life to determine my attitude, but trusts that God sees all the stints and seasons that come and go in my life, and knows and trusts Him as Lord over it all. Even if I’m in the midst of turbulent times, I can say, It is well; the will of God be done.”

I know that it is possible, I have seen many people in my life press through with that same attitude and spirit as Mr. Spafford. Many times when I watch their life, I am so inspired and encouraged in my own life. And I want to be that person for someone else, maybe more.

We never know who will read the story of our life, either through watching us, or maybe someday reading our story, but no matter what, if we can embrace the attitude of Christ, “not my will, but your will be done,” it will be an inspiring story for sure.

Here’s to pressing in ladies, to leaning in to Christ for the strength.

God, I need You. I need You when life is good, and I need You when life is hard. I pray that no matter what comes my way, that my life, spirit, and mouth will declare that, “it is well with my soul.” Thank you for your abundant, consistent, never-failing faithfulness to me. Thank you, that you will never leave me or forsake me. Forgive me for my sins, I ask. I receive this gift, and I lean in to you today, right now. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Karissa Nelson

Karissa has one of the most beautiful voices you will ever hear, but on top of that talent and gift God has given her, she is a mother to three beautiful children and a helpmate to her husband, Shane.  Together they raise their family and minister in Milton-Freewater, Oregon where Karissa grew up.  Her passion for worship and family surround her daily.  Isaiah 30:15, "This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: 'Is repentance and rest in your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength'" (NIV).
Karissa has one of the most beautiful voices you will ever hear, but on top of that talent and gift God has given her, she is a mother to three beautiful children and a helpmate to her husband, Shane. Together they raise their family and minister in Milton-Freewater, Oregon where Karissa grew up. Her passion for worship and family surround her daily. Isaiah 30:15, “This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘Is repentance and rest in your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength'” (NIV).

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