"May the God of Hope fill you with all Joy & Peace as you trust in Him so that you may overflow with
HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit" Romans 15:13

Sunday, February 14, 2016

It is Well

It is Well

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4

It is well….those are not the words that I thought would come out of my mouth when I thought of my Grandmother’s passing.  The shock of the phone call from my mom telling me was unreal and at times felt like a really bad dream until I reminded myself that it was very real.  Those next few days in Zambia were a real struggle because I couldn’t understand God’s timing, but also knowing at the same time, His timing is perfect even if I don’t understand it.  Four days after my grandmother went to be with Jesus I was begging the Lord for His strength because all I wanted to do was get on a plane and come home from Zambia.  God is so good and He is always faithful.  That Sunday morning I went up to the top of the villa put in my earphones and went to scroll back to my playlists.  A song started playing that I hadn’t selected and it was Phil Wickham’s “It is Well.”  Immediately tears started rolling down my face.  I think I may have listened to that song 5 times before I could catch my breath and utter those very words out of my mouth.  The Lord knew that I needed to be able to truly know in my heart that it is well before I could keep going with what He had called me to do in Zambia.

Lord, thank you for your presence and that you never leave us!  God it is well with my soul!  There are days that it is hard to say because I want my grandmother here to talk to and hug, but because of you Lord, the tomb is empty.  My grandmother’s spirit is alive and well praising the Lord.  It is well that she is whole, healthy, and praising you in heaven.  It is well that she is no longer suffering, no longer needing help to do everything, and no longer in that nursing home.  It is well that you promise those who love and believe in you that we will one day rise to heaven and all be rejoicing as we worship you.  Lord, it is well that I depend on you for my next breath and steps to direct me here on this earth.  Lord it is well that apart from you we can do nothing, but through you we can do all things you have called us to.  Lord it is well that my heart aches to see and talk to my grandmother again, but that it is you that will carry me.  Lord it is well that death does not have the final say but that You do!  It is well that one day there will be no more pain, no more sorrow, and no more suffering.  You will wipe away our tears Lord and for that we must say it is well and we rejoice in you!  Lord never once will you leave me alone and my heart must continue to say, It is Well!

If you would like to hear the Phil Wickham’s “It is Well,” click the link below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51vThumuArE

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