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.
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.
I recently listened to an instrumental version of this song while I was working on some children's curriculum plans. The song is so familiar that the words came to me as I was listening to the instruments.
These words are the first and last verses of the hymn, It Is Well With My Soul. This hymn was written at a time when the writer had experienced some recent tragedies in his life. When I experience life changing situations or tragic events, it takes me a while to get to the point of expressing my faith like the writer of this hymn. There is a grieving process that takes place before I can say, "it is well with my soul".
Each time I hear the words in the last verse of this hymn, I experience deep emotion. I do look forward to the day when my faith shall be sight. Until that time, I continue to experiences glimpses of God in my life each day.
I would invite you to look around today and notice the places, people and experiences where you see glimpses of the day when our faith shall be sight.
For we live by faith, not by sight. -2 Corinthians 5:7
Prayer for Today
Gracious God, Thank you for the gift of each day. Open our eyes that we may see you at work in our lives and open our hearts that our faith may grow deeper. In Christ's Name, Amen.