It Is Well

I can be a little restless.  Ok, I can be very restless.  I do not like inactivity.  I’m not good at sitting still.  I’m not good with silence.  I’m not good with a lack of movement.  That applies to all areas of my life, whether it is physically needing to be active to seeing some movement within relationships.  I’ve been this way for as long as I can remember.

The largest area in my life where this restlessness lives is in my spiritual life.  I want to do things.  Big things.  I want to move mountains.  I want to change the world.  I want to see lives transformed.  But I find myself at an odd point in my life.  I’m at a point where there isn’t much spiritual movement.  And that drives me a little crazy.  Sundays are energizing spiritually as I have the opportunity to lead a small group and talk with people and use my spiritual gifts.  And then Monday comes along and I find myself sitting in an office all by myself.  That’s when the restlessness begins.  It’s a cycle I see every week.  It’s tiring.  It’s frustrating.  It’s (sometimes) depressing.

This past Sunday, we ended our worship service singing the hymn “It Is Well”.  It has been one of my favorite hymns since I was in college.  Here are the lyrics…

  1. 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.

    • Refrain:
      It is well with my soul,
      It is well, it is well with my soul.
  2. 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.
  3. My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!—
    My sin, not in part but the whole,
    Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
    Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
  4. And Lord, haste the day when the 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.

    • Refrain:
      It is well with my soul,
      It is well, it is well with my soul.

What this song means to me…

No matter the circumstances of my life, my soul can find peace.  During those times of restlessness, it is well with my soul.  Why?  Because of what Christ has done for me.  So, it is well with my soul.

-Jim

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