Take a detailed look at the heading. Ponder deeply on that phrase and ask yourself “when have I ever said this to myself”. These words have been formulated to fill the human mind with hope and peace whenever it is voiced with power, faith and authority. The famous movie: Three Idiots, also has a redefined form of this phrase “ALL IZZ WELL”. If such a phrase has so much power attached to it, its origin must have been outstanding enough to have borne such strong and powerful phrase.
ITS ORIGIN; Horatio Spafford waited a long time for a son. He had four girls before his baby boy was born. His family was complete. He was a successful attorney in Chicago and life was good. But his baby son died, and that tragedy was quickly followed by the Great Fire, which wiped out everything he had. One of Horatio’s friends who was the preacher Dwight L. Moody. Moody was holding a crusade in London, and Horatio decided to send his wife and daughters to England for a few weeks to lift their spirits.
It took twelve minutes for the ship they were on to go down. All the girls were lost. His wife sent a two word telegram: “Saved alone.” Horatio boarded another ship to join his wife. As he reached the point in the ocean where the vessel carrying his daughters went down, the captain joined him. “This is where your daughters lost their lives,” he said. “No,” Horatio replied. “This is where their real lives began.”
He then took a piece of the ship’s stationary down to his cabin and wrote,
When peace like a river attends my way.
When sorrow like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot thou hast taught me to say
It is well; it is well with my soul.
What manner of faith he had, even after losing all his children! What is that problem that you are facing that seems so big or even bigger than God. What is that challenge of life that seems to pull you down, remember the story of Ruth in the Bible; Ruth chose to whisper to herself and say “It Is Well With My Soul”, Oprah chose not to say those words- and we all know their ending. Whatever situation life throws at you, throw it back a double-fold. Dont let the challenges of life weigh you down because they are bound to happen. Horatio lost all but he had faith in the giver of hope and life. Such faith of his could be linked to what the bible describes as “mustard-seed faith”- so tiny yet does wonders. Lemony Snicket once said “All cannot be lost when there is still so much being found.”
What a principle!
Horatio was a man who had found God so faithful in the past that even as he stared into the cold waters of the North Atlantic, the peace of Christ flooded over him.
Develop your own mustard-seed-growing-into-a-big-tree kind of faith today.