March 24, 2011

It is well

It is well
2 Corinthians 5:7 "For we walk by faith, not by sight"

I read this chapter this morning. The past few mornings I have taken
leave of the Bible-in-a-year, to shake off the "dutifulness" about it I
was beginning to feel. It has proven profitable as I have found myself
pondering, and meditating more. I want to let God speak to me in our
conversations, rather than me focusing on filling our prayer time with
my voice alone. Its easy to get caught up in doing all the talking.

2 Corinthians 5:7 rang out loud to me as I read chapter 5. It brought to
mind the Shunamite woman in 2 Kings 4, who, upon having her child die in
her arms, runs to the prophet Elisha. Elisha asks how everything is, and
she replies, "It is well." Now we, the readers, hold our breath in
amazement, because we know the truth,right? Your son is dead! We want to
scream to the pages. How can you say, "it is well" ?

Then there is the writer of the beloved hymn, who loses his family, wife
and children,unexpectedly. Yet he pens the ageless words, "It is well"
-whether in peace like a river, or stormy seas of life- it is well.

How can we say it is well, when life seems bleak, almost pointless to
continue? How can we say it is well when each day seems aimless and we
feel unfulfilled? How can we say it is well, when we are down to the
pennies in the bottom of our pocket or pocketbooks? How can we say it is
well when the marriage gets stale, and you feel disconnected from your
children? It because, like Paul said, "We walk by Faith and not by
sight."
Ask God to give you vision to see beyond this temporal sight. Let's aim
to see through God's eyes. When we see the end product that the Father
sees,it motivates us to be a part of his perfectly orchestrated plan.
Now we have purpose! Now we understand that trials work patience,
patience, experience,nd experience hope! There is hope! And hope is
concrete faith.This is what we walk in. Then, We too can say, It is
well.
-Chantel

"Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in good
health, even as thy soul continually prospers" 1 John 3:2

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