Have you ever come on anything quite like this extravagant generosity of God, this deep, deep wisdom? It’s way over our heads. We’ll never figure it out.
~ Romans 11:33
~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Even If – Mercy Me
When I first heard the song, I was caught on the last line. “It is well with my soul, it is well, it is well with my soul.” I am always caught when I hear the line of a hymn used in a contemporary song. So of course, the next time I heard it, I listened for more. Pretty soon, I was having church in the car, worshipping and crying on my way to work because, every time I turned on the radio “Even If” was what I heard for a few weeks, no matter what time I got in the car.
I listened to the testimony of Bart Millard with regard to this song. He spoke of his son’s diabetes, and how he knew God could heal his son and that diabetes is not like a cold, or the flu, a chronic illness just never goes away. Bart wanted to have the faith of the three in the fiery furnace. He knew God could heal it, but he wanted the courage to say, “even if he does not, I will serve him.”
Then, Bart heard his son say, “I will be changing the world as a diabetic.”
That is where this song was born. We still stand in hope of healing, but we serve God no matter what the circumstance. Then, the line from It Is Well With My Soul that is the line that says, “I am standing in this trial, and I praise you, no matter what.”
(Bart’s testimony is in the first 3-4 minutes.)
Next time, we’ll take a look at the hymn from which that line comes.
Until then, please stand on the promises. He knows, He cares, Praise His Holy Name.
Lord, help me to sing, It is well with my soul, in the midst of the trial, the fire, the hurricane, the tornado, the illness, _______. Even if I don’t receive that which I hope for, help me to sing anyway.
Because of Him,