Yesterday I had a lovely visit with dear friends who are currently going through some serious health issues. As we talked together, our conversation turned to Psalm 46:1-3, “God is our refuge and strength. A very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will nor fear even though the earth be removed. Even though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea. Even though its waters roar and be troubled; even though the mountains shake with its swelling.” I left them with my own heart gladdened at the reminders of the “even thoughs” that we all face in life.
In our sharing together we imagined being in a boat in the storm, perilously tossed about, in danger of capsizing. But wait! We are never alone in our boat! Jesus is there! He’s even asleep! He is at peace. How can that be? Because He is in charge of the winds and sea. He can bring us to shore — but even though the waters overcome us — He escorts us into His presence where joy is so great it far outweighs any fear felt in any storm.
It is because of Jesus in the boat that we may sing in ecstasy the words of that amazing song — It Is Well With My Soul.
When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll:
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me say, It is well, it is well with my soul.
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
It is well, it is well with my soul.