It Is Well Even When It Is Not
I remember the report cards in elementary school along with their grading system. I recall not being too excited over receiving a satisfactory grade, and my mother was not thrilled either. The logic behind the non-celebratory response to such a grade was the knowledge that I could do better. When you are a child, it is your job to excel in preparing yourself for what is in store. Too often, children find other things to do that serve as a distraction rather than dealing with the task at hand; that sounds like adulthood. Let us not seek distractions to avoid what our reality is and learn to accept all is well, even when it is not.
Children of God are not delusional, and we do not deny what has happened or what is. Regardless of the situation, it must be well, good, and satisfactory for us because, in the end, we do not know what God will do in the situation and with us. Life presents each of us with problems that we do not ask for. So yes, we limit our distractions, yet life happens to us all. As much as we try, we cannot limit life’s trials. It would be wonderful to pass every test exceptionally with flying colors; it is an accomplishment to make it through with your faith in God still intact.
In 2 Kings chapter four, you will read of a woman who lost her son to death. Her husband did not know of their son’s passing. He asked his wife if everything was ok, and her response was, “It is well” (2Kings 4:23). She later went to the prophet Elisha, and he asked, “Is it well with you? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child?’” And she answered, “It is well” (2 Kings 4:26). It was well with her soul and faith; however, “it” that is her situation was not good.
To thrive in my faith and enjoy “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding (Phil. 4:6), I must separate my soul from my situation. Your situation (whatever it may be) does not define you. When it is over, you will still exist. Like the Shulamite woman, have hope. When God and faithful brethren see you, we do not see your trail and battle scars with combating life; we see the great faith you are still holding on to, and it is a beautiful thing to behold. Amen to what she said. It is well. May God bless your life.
©Courtney Henderson 05/07/2022