It Is Well
It is the title to one of the most familiar and most beloved hymns. "It Is Well with My Soul." It is the attitude of whatever may come my way, I know all will be well because I am His. It is the behavior of acceptance of God's will, regardless of if it aligns with my will or not. When all seems to not be well, we can confidently say that it is - knowing that He works all things together for the good of those who love Him.
I think of the Shunammite woman who recognized Elisha as a man of God and made preparations for him to have a room in their house for when he passed their way. I think of how he spoke over her that she would have a son, though she had come to grips with the thought that this was impossible for her. And I think of how this son she was given died in her arms.
She had not asked for a child, but she was blessed because of her thoughtfulness. Then her blessing was taken away. We could see this as a cruel taunting...a promise received, only to be snatched away right in front of her. She could have internalized anger, allowing bitterness to overtake her. But she didn't. I believe she taught me how to respond in difficult situations that we cannot begin to understand.
"It is well." She made plans to go straight to the man of God, telling her husband and Elisha's servant, "It is well." She didn't voice what truly had broken her until she reached her connection to God. She didn't walk around telling everyone what was wrong in her life, asking for pity to fuel her emotions. She went straight to the only one she knew could help.
I don't see it as her lying to her husband about her son's death; I see it as her having faith to know that if she could get to God that all would truly be well. Why burden someone else who could do nothing to help? Why not speak that all is well until the circumstances match our proclamation?
I am not saying that it is wrong to share our burdens with others. I believe there are some things we are not meant to carry alone. However, I agree with the Shunammite woman in this: take it directly to the Lord first. Cry to Him first, vent to Him first...seek Him first. Only then can all truly be well with our souls.
Father, I bring You all that I am and all that I am not. I bring You the good, the bad, and the ugly. I know that when all that concerns me is in Your hands, that all truly is well. I give You the cares that I cannot deal with, and those of my loved ones. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
2 Kings 4:8-37