Life is particularly crazy at the moment. Changes are happening, transitions are occurring, and my schedule is jam packed. I’m happy and blessed to say that none of these particular events are negative, however they certainly bare a weight on my soul and emotions. It’s been a very interesting time of growth and learning as I discern how to process all that is coming my way in such a quick manner — and just to be clear, by no means would I trade this experience!
Over the past couple weeks I’ve been reflecting on different ways God speaks to me. There are a couple clear and standard ways that I hear from God, but as I’ve been talking with others and putting more intentional thought into the whole idea, I’ve discovered that there is one powerful way He has been communicating with me for quite a while! What’s even crazier is that, although I definitely felt it, I never really considered it to be God. I always looked at it as something that I was creating within myself.
I have a very sensitive soul and hearing the chorus of the famous hymn “It Is Well With My Soul” recently brought it all into a clear mindset. I started to think about the moments in my life that all was well with my soul. Were they always moments of peace and ease? Sometimes yes, but often times not! So I asked myself what made all well with my soul during those difficult times—those times of discomfort and challenge when all shouldn’t be well—and I realized it was only well with my soul when I was where God wanted me to be.
I realized that it does not matter one bit how physically tired I am, how financially strapped I am, how socially secluded I am, how busy I am, or how chaotic life seems to be as long as I am where God wants me to be. It is well with my soul when I am walking His path, when I am focusing on His ways, and when I am resting in His presence. It is only not well with my soul when I am straying from His path or attempt to go down my own path altogether.
As I look to my past and certain phases of important decision making, I see a common theme of either peace or vexation. Peace always accompanied my best decisions; vexation always accompanied my poor, destructive, or even indecisive decisions. I always long to choose the path that God longs for me — there’s nothing better in the world. That being said, being a fallen human being, when the moment comes it can be a much harder thing to do than say.
Here I am in a season of challenge. I am physically tired and faced with higher levels of stress than I am used to, but it is well with my soul. I am also here in a season of transition and change — a season of important decision making that will redirect the course of my life in significant ways. What should I do? What is the right decision? What needs to be changed and what can remain the same? So I ask myself “Is it well with my soul?” and trust God’s response.
Are you at peace or are you vexed? Do you feel you’re in the right place or do you feel there needs to be change? Wherever you’re at, I encourage you to take a few minutes today to slow down before God and ask this very question:
“Is it well with my soul?”