This summer Matt and I were privileged to take 5 youth/young adults to CA for a Higher Things conference. While we were there we were able to go to the beach. This was special to me because I was able to stand in the Pacific Ocean and pray for my sister who lives halfway around the world in Guam, also in the Pacific Ocean.
While I was standing in the waves that were crashing all around us, I started singing to the kids every song I could think of that involved the ocean. The one hymn that kept coming to my mind was “When Peace, like a River”. The lyrics start out “When peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll”
I had no idea during that trip, that this hymn would comfort me over and over in the next two months. There have been times in the past months that I have felt like the sea billows are rolling over me. But then, I remember the rest of the first verse, “Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say, It is well, It is well with my soul.”
It is well with my soul. I may not know what is coming next, but I am continually learning that God is in control. I have faltered, I will falter again. But I know the forgiveness that has already been granted to me through Jesus death and resurrection. I can say with confidence, “It is well with my soul”.