This morning’s prompt for Five Minute Friday is WELL. Kate had a guest post today…from Susie Finkbeiner. It was short (five minutes does that to a post) but so struck a chord with me. You might want to read that one before you finish with my thoughts. On “Well.”
GO – “It is Well with My Soul” has, sincerely, been my theme for many years now. Perhaps it is because the writer of the hymn, Horatio Spafford, wrote from a soul so engulfed with grief – shortly after all four of his daughters died at sea. His words echo my thoughts. I have known grief. I have been trapped by depression. I have experienced a draining of my soul to the point of despair. But God has been so faithful. More than merciful and lovingly patient with me. And I can agree with Mr. Spafford:
For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.
But how often does the idea that Susie expressed this morning resonated more with me? Instead of the well of her heart overflowing, she often is simply “sucking mud unsuitable for sustenance.” Sucking in that with ruins the life-giving water that Jesus offers and depleting the well completely.
God, in His goodness, has brought me so far. Through so much. Has picked my feet from miry clay, has given me a new song and restored my joy. But I don’t want to settle. Don’t hear me wrong – I am beyond grateful. I don’t want all of God’s blessings to be from years gone by. I want to continue to see Him working graciously and wonderfully not only in my life but through my life. I want the living water He pours into the well of my heart to remain fresh, stirred and useable. Without the mud that so easily can seep in.
It is well with my soul. Yesterday, today and prayerfully tomorrow.
STOP – One more minute….just to share my favorite verse. It’s hard to pick a favorite but this is mine and echos my thoughts here.
John 10:10 “….I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”