It is Well
I recently read a short article about one of my favorite songs. The song is “It is Well” and I’m keen on the Kristen DiMarco or Bethel version. When I read the article though I was amazed that one of my favorite songs had such a profound story that I never knew about. It was in the studying of that story behind its writing and subsequent choice of DiMarco to perform it that I was really led to write this.
I’ll keep the history part brief but it definitely plays a huge part in the meaning behind the song. Horatio Spafford penned the original version in 1873. Incredibly he wrote the song after terrible circumstances had all but decimated his family. He first lost his son in the Great Chicago fire only to later lose 4 daughters in a shipwreck on the Atlantic. It wasn’t until he was bound for Europe and passed the location of his daughters wreck that he wrote the lyrics to this song.
Just in reading these first few notes on the song I thought to myself how could someone write something so positive after their circumstances were so terrible by all standards? DiMarco’s viewpoint was the same and she related it to Jesus calming of the storm. “He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith? They were terrified and asked each other, who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” Mark 4:40-41
The Lord is so amazing and gives us every reason to never be troubled by the circumstances of this world or even our own lives. Christ died for us and loves us enough to promise us eternal life with Him instead of an eternity of misery and servitude. It is only in Him that in the face of horrendous conditions we can have such peace and the ability to abandon all worry, doubt and fear. Ultimately we must always have the assurance that Christ will calm any and every storm in our lives.
P.S. If you haven’t heard the song I encourage you to listen to it!
Photograph by: Adam Zvanovec