Do you know the old hymn, It Is Well? If you click that link you can read a very heartfelt reaction I had to that song a little over a year ago. I also share the story behind the song, written by a man who lost nearly everything.
This morning, as we sang the song again in church, I had a visceral reaction. The words that really hung me up are in a tag added by another band recently.
It is well with my soul.
Even still, it is well with my soul.
Even still, it is well.
Why “even still?” Because I sing the song with excuses. Do you ever find you do that? We internally might sing something like this:
It is well with my soul, but I hate my job, career, major.
It is well with my soul, but I don’t like my roommate, spouse, boyfriend, family.
It is well with my soul, but I wish I could live in a bigger/smaller apartment, house it in a bigger/smaller city, town.
It is well with my soul, but I don’t like my body, hair, ears, voice, feet, personality.
It is well with my soul, but I wish I was married, pregnant, single.
The reminder is that, yes, this world we are in is flawed and imperfect and filled with people who sin (including ourselves). People may grievously wound us, intentionally or not. Yes, we may not be satisfied with our station in life. We may never attain that dream we’ve clung to our entire lives.
With our souls it can be most well. Even still.
This is part of a series of 31 days of Crushing your Kingdoms. Click to read all posts in the series.
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