At work the other day, the phone was ringing off the hook and the customers were off the chain. And I was rapidly losing what little patience resides in my heart. I snuck outside for a quick break and, in keeping with the Lamott book I recently read (Help, Thanks, Wow) I breathed a prayer of “Help.” That was all, nothing more. I didn’t know what else to say but, “Help.”
And in my ongoing effort to notice when God’s Grace flows to me, around me and through me, I noticed when I came back inside that the calls suddenly went away. Only for about 10 minutes or so but after having been nonstop for 3 hours, those 10 minutes were beautiful, glorious, gracious peace. And as the calls started up again in the same fervor, I was reminded to play the music I’ve downloaded to my phone. The playlist is made up of hymns and other soothing music of praise. It played along in the background and helped keep me calm.
Then, the following hymn played, and it touched me gently, deeply reminding me of God’s love and grace for me.
Thank You, Lord God, for an answer to my prayer of “Help.”
- When peace, like a river, attended my way,
when sorrows like sea billows roll;
whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
It is well with my soul,
it is well, it is well with my soul.
- Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
let this blest assurance control,
that Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
and hath shed his own blood for my soul.
- My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
- And, Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
the clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
the trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
even so, it is well with my soul.
As 2017 draws to a close, I can say with prayerful confidence, it is, indeed, well with my soul.