It Is Well


“So let go my soul and trust in Him
The waves and wind still know His name…”

Do you know that every song tells a story? After watching the movie, I Can Only Imagine,ย I realized this even more. Knowing the story behind a song adds value to it, with each verse painting a picture, and capturing an emotion so that we could see what it’s like to live it with them. I don’t believe that a beautiful song can exist outside the heart, for it is the heart that beauty comes from.

Before I heard the story behind I Can Only Imagine,ย I heard the story behind a little hymn called, It Is Well With My Soul.ย Would you like to hear its story?

Horatio G. Spafford went through a parent’s worst nightmare twice. He was a lawyer and businessman from Chicago, happily married with five children. All was well until 1871 when his young son died of pneumonia and the great Chicago fire destroyed most of his business. They picked up the pieces, and life went on.

Until 1873, his wife and four daughters were crossing the Atlantic to Europe when a large storm blew up, taking the lives of all his children. A sailor spotted his wife adrift and a message was wired to Mr. Spafford. He took the next ship out to join his wife.

As they crossed the very spot where his children drowned on their voyage out, Mr. Spafford looked upon the now still waves and wrote, It Is Well With My Soul,ย which goes like this:

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.


It is well with my soul,

It is well, it is well with my soul

Throughout their struggles, the Spafford’s prayed and believed in the Goodness of God. Even when they didn’t understand why such tragedies happened, they knew that God had everything in His hands. It was a peace that surpasses understanding.

Here is the Bethel version of It Is Well.ย As you listen, imagine what it must have been like for Mr. Stafford, as he stood on the deck of the ship and looked out upon the waves. At that moment I’m sure he felt the weight of loss and unimaginable pain. And yet, a song played in his heart and he wrote it down. A song filled with hope and redemption and trust.

I don’t know if you have ever lost a child. I don’t know if you are going through a storm right now that seems impossible to make it out of in one piece. I don’t know your pain, your brokenness, your hurt. All I know is that there is a Father who does know all that. He doesn’t cause the pain, the sin, the hurt. No, He bleeds when you do, He knows what it’s like to suffer hardship, to go through storms, and to lose a child. Jesus. Who brought hope, who brought purpose, so that our pain would not be in vain. So that satan wouldn’t have the last say, so that those we love would never truly leave us. It is this hope that sustains us, through it all….it is well.


12 thoughts on “It Is Well

  1. Thank you Smileyriley94 For sharing!! ((IT IS WELL!! WITH MY SOUL.)) I thank God That My Soul Is Well. I personally has come a long way in this life. And He knows ((All)) about it. But it was Jesus Christ Who Has Been With Me Through It ((All)), and Yet He has not left me Nor Forsaken Me this Day!! He Gets ((All)) The Glory out of my Life!! Because He gave His Life for Me. That Song is Beautiful!! God Bless You!! ((Hugs)) ๐Ÿ™‚

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