What answer can satisfy the longings of a soul during times like these? Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” We could sure use hope right now.
If anything is revealed in the wake of global fear, it is the strength of what we have put our hope in. Where is your hope right now? Is it anchored in something eternal?
You may have heard the beautiful song “It is Well with My Soul” sung recently by a group of singers from Nashville. They recorded their individual parts remotely and their voices were edited together. Their music is amazing. They sing inspired – you can see joy written on their faces when you watch the video (below).
I love the song not only for the lyrics and the melody, but because of the story behind it.
It is Well with My Soul was written by Horatio Spafford in 1873. Two years before he wrote the song, Horatio lost his home in the Great Fire of Chicago; and in that same year, he lost four-year old son to scarlet fever. In the year that he wrote the song, Horatio lost all four of his daughters in a shipwreck.
Perhaps only the biblical story of Job can rival this man’s losses. Which leads us to wonder, how could he write this song in response to such heartbreaking loss?
The answer is in nearly every lyric. Here is one refrain:
For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pain shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.
There is no answer that will satisfy the mind’s search for a reason why loss, why tragedy, why suffering. But the longings of the heart are satisfied in Christ. All our hope is anchored in Him.
This is the time to spread that hope. Raise your voice and praise Him. Quarantine will not isolate us. Sickness will not intimidate us. Because Christ is our peace.