Meditations by John Dean

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

It Is Well With My Soul

(Psalm 63:5 ASV)  My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; And my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips.

I love our text because it completely eliminates any room for negative thinking. It clearly shows how one’s spirit has the ability to command one’s body to comply with the word (truth). This level of self control is by choice and not by chance. Worshiping and serving God is the only way one can live a happy, fulfilled life.

Life may be full of trials, but there is no reason to give up and start blaming God and everyone else for disappointments. I have even heard people make the statement, “I am just so unlucky in life.”…even though there is no such thing as luck.

Speaking of disappointments…one of the most difficult things in life is that of loosing a child. There is nothing as dear and precious as a baby to capture one’s total attention and protective ability. The level of love for a baby is indescribable and so is the level of pain when a parent looses their baby.

As a minister for over a half a century, I am still unable to speak words of comfort to a broken hearted parent after the lost of their baby. Whatever I say just seems so trite. Such words seem to run down my chin because the level of pain a parent feels at the loss of their baby is indescribable. I only know how to hold the parents and weep with them.

Even though miscarrying a baby is not the same as actually loosing a baby…there is still an emptiness. One may not have had the opportunity to enjoy holding their baby and looking into its little eyes and listening to its sweet little coo’s, but there is still an emptiness.

A few days ago while talking to a friend from East Texas she related this story to me that I think is worth sharing. I had just ministered in her home church a few days before this experience actually happened.

She had gotten an email from a minister friend of hers from another state with a copy of this information with two tiny footprints.

Name: Stroda, Malachi James            Date: 5-26-15           Time: 1:10 PM
Weight 1.6 oz.         Length 5 3/4 inches           Head: 3 ½  inches  
Chest: 3 inches        Abdomen: 2 ½ inches

This note was attached… “Our sons tiny body…a little after 1 PM today. Things went supernaturally fast and well. We are grateful for our 20 week gift and now give him back to Jesus.”

Their closing statement was, “It is well with my soul.”

Only God can bring such peace and resolve in one’s life that would allow them to have such peace as this father and mother after the loss of baby James. Perhaps it is for folks like them that our text was written. “My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips.”

It is impossible for us to face such tests in life without You. You have sent the Comforter to walk with us through each of the tests and trials we will face in life in order to teach us to praise You even when we do not understand. Father, it is not important for us to understand it is only important for us to keep our hands tightly in Yours.


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