#slowitdownSunday / learning to pray through the storms and still say, “It is well with my soul”

the daily Starr slow it down Sunday

Through it all, through it all, my eyes are on You.
Through it all, through it all, it is well with me.

Those words are easy to sing when you’re not in a storm. But then, all of a sudden the realness of life happens and storms do come – violent storms that can pull the very rug of life out from under us.

It isn’t easy to sing, “It is well” in the midst of the hard storms.

Neither is it easy to find the words to pray.

I had this very conversation with a friend earlier this week. We were talking about a situation that took our local mom’s Bible study group into complete shock and heartbreak.

One of our own moms in the study took her baby to the pediatrician on Wednesday only to be rushed to the children’s hospital immediately with pneumonia. The 10 month baby girl coded for 12 minutes in the ambulance ride that day.

They almost lost her.

Today they received the news that 90% of her brain was damaged as part of what happened earlier this week in the ambulance ride to the hospital.

I can’t begin to imagine what they are going through.

This could have been me – or you. I could be that mom tonight.

This storm was not on the radar.

The only response I know is to pray. My family has prayed over this family and this baby since we found out.

But what do you pray and how do you even find the words to say and what exactly do you say to God who created this child when you find out a baby is almost completely brain dead?

That’s hard to type.

No words or answers seems to be enough when the storm is big and raging and it feels like a hurricane or tornado that is about to completely destroy.

I remember when I was hit with a big storm during my college years. Life got hard and complicated REAL QUICK like. I didn’t have the words. I didn’t have the answers. All I had was the song that kept playing over and over in my mind, “It is well with my soul.”

Looking back now I can see how that storm changed the course of my life and that God used what was intended for harm to be good. Still, walking in the storm is never easy.

Tonight, I’m slowing down on this Sunday to let these words soak in and just sit before God. I’ve said all the words. I’ve struggled with what to do to help this family, and I still don’t know.

Jesus, calm this storm.
Make a miracle.
Show up in ways we can’t understand or comprehend.

Through it all, through it all, my eyes are on You.
Through it all, through it all, it is well with me.

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4 comments

  1. Starr, I am putting this sweet family on a prayer list with friends if that is OK with you. We will be praying for God to give you wisdom in how to help this family and for each member feel His tender arms surrounding them. As the song above reminds us the “wind and waves STILL know His name!
    Praying.

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