By Andrea Merrell
The song stops me in my tracks … makes me cry … every time—“It Is Well with My Soul.”
Maybe it speaks to me because I think of all the years it was not well with my soul. Those years that I didn’t serve God or served Him halfheartedly. Times when I tried to hide my messes from Him—oblivious that He already knew all about them. Ashamed to come boldly before His throne of grace while thinking I had to be perfect before He would accept me. Times when I tried to fill that God-shaped void inside of me with everything and everyone except the One who longed to inhabit every nook and cranny.
Those times were exhausting. I longed for peace but couldn’t find it. I tried to find happiness, unaware that true joy comes only from the Lord—no matter what is going on around us.
The truth is God is not all about religious rules and regulations, all the dos and don’ts—that’s the Enemy’s domain. God is about relationship, and He invites us to come to Him with all our messes, weaknesses, and imperfections. His love is unconditional, and only that love can turns those messes, weaknesses, and imperfections into something good. All we have to do is come to Him in childlike faith and trust.
Is it well with your soul? If not, it can be. It only takes a moment.