Just a note: Is It Well with Your Soul? by Guest Writer: Jackie Darling
Just a note…
Have you ever had an overwhelming ‘It’ (i.e. a moment or time of fear, worry, sorrow, or deep longing in your heart) where you allowed your eyes to focus on the dark shadow and looming presence of this entity/emotion versus God?
Within the confines of my daily walk, I find myself often at a crossroad where the battle in my soul is not in the war itself; rather, the focus from which cometh my help during the battle.
When my eyes are fixed upon the ‘It’ in my path, the associated weight/burden descends either quietly much like the fine silt of gray dust on unattended furniture or an enveloping pain within my soul that seems inconsolable by man or even God.
Lord, help me see your hand in this painful trial.
It’s too much for me.
I lift mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help?
My help cometh from the Lord. (Psalm 121)
I’ve found that as I determine to be still before Him, He quiets my tears so I can begin to listen for His voice where He will often beckon me (in the midst of the trial) to a place of quiet. There, I begin to realize an unnatural peace within my soul as He brings to remembrance the countless instances of His ever-present mercy, omnipresent power, and grace within my lifetime of past troubles and despair. I’m often so overwhelmed by His mercy, that at best, all I can do is lift my hands in thanks. I feel the strangling weight of ‘Its’ presence ebb away as I surrender to His sovereign rule regarding the ‘why’ of the storm and the ‘how’ of my deliverance from it.
Philippians 4:6-7 states that we are not to be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your request to God. And the power of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your heart and minds in Christ Jesus.
The ‘It’ in my life is now under His sovereign rule and control; therefore, my heart/mind/soul is well (and at peace). I can breathe again. I begin to hope again. I can lift my eyes again…
Through it all, my eyes are on you. It is well… with my soul.
YouTube link: It is well with my soul by Kristine DiMarco (Bethel Worship)
About Jackie Darling, Guest Writer
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