Saved. Alone.

Peace.

This was the topic of discussion in our bible study this last week. We are studying the last 24 hours of Jesus’ life. Let me tell you, this has been one heart changing study. The gal who was speaking did a great job of explaining the peace of Jesus and what it means for us today. She told a story of a man who like Job, had his feet ripped out from underneath him. He was tested in ways that were unimagninable. However, throughout the heartaches that he endured, he praised Jesus and used these trials (although the word trial does not seem descriptive enough) to bring glory to God.

I don’t pretend to know all of the feelings and questions that this man wrestled with throughout his journey, but I imagine they are similar to what anyone facing a giant portion of heartbreak would feel: despair, hopelessness, fear, anger, even jealousy. But he (and I) serve a mighty God, one that can take our despair, hopelessness and fear and turn it into something glorious. Something Beautiful. Something usable.

This man is a reference point for me, when I feel the weight of this grief catching me, I think of him and his story and trust that God will use this for his good, and he will take my mourning and turn it into dancing.  That Jesus will extend me an extra measure of peace, when I am feeling hopeless.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Phillipians 4:6-7

This man is the writer of a song that I have known and loved for as long as I can remember. I NEVER knew the story behind this song. I can’t do the story justice, so I found a video that tells his story better than I could. If this man can trust in God’s plan through his grief.       So. Can. I.

Be Blesssed by this video.

It is Well

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,

When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has 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.

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  1. amen Jessica. I knew the story behind the song; he had an awesome testimony. You have (and will have) an awesome testimony too of how God was glorified through this tragedy and sorrow and loss you and family are going through. Trust in Jesus, as you are doing. Allow him to work in your lives and he will comfort you and he is walking alongside you..

    love you

    betty

  2. What a beautiful post and so true. I think and pray for you so much. God is with us always through everything , even when it seems like we can't take anymore or at our lowest point God is there.{{HUGS}}
    Caroline

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