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Topic: IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL (don't write about the song) (04/02/15)
TITLE: God’s Reminder that all is Well with My Soul
By Karen White
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My grandfather was an avid hunter and loved gardening. The last few years of his life, his body forced him to spend more time indoors where he spent hours sitting in his chair beside the window. There he watched the cars go by, and the birds feeding on the numerous feeders he provided. When I would visit we would watch the birds together, I never heard him raise his voice or saw him be unkind to anyone. He was very much loved.
And then the diabetes wreaked havoc on his body, and he was admitted in the hospital and his leg amputated. Following the surgery he was placed in ICU and given lots of medication. The medical personnel also had restrained him to the bed to keep him from rising, and he was rebelling rather loudly. He yelled asking me to untie him, and stating that I wouldnâ€™t let them tie up a dog so why would I let them tie him up. Regardless, of how hard I tried to explain that it was for his good he continued to rant. The kind and gentle man I had always known was not there, in his place was someone I didnâ€™t know. Finally, in tears I left my grandmother there trying to calm him, and I headed home.
As I drove the fifty miles home, I cried all the way praying that God would give him peace even if it meant his death. Even after I got home and prepared for bed, I continued to pray. Hours later a peace came over me.
Have you ever felt the peace of God as it slowly moves over your body, your body relaxes, your hands unclench and suddenly you can breathe? That is what happened, I remember as I drifted off to sleep that night I thought that the phone would ring any moment to tell me that Papaw was now in the presences of Jesus.
The next morning my first thought was that no one had called. I immediately reached for the phone calling my aunt at the hospital. Papaw was still alive and was sleeping. My aunt went on to say that he had fallen into a peaceful sleep a few hours before. I couldnâ€™t resist; I had to ask what time he had fallen to sleep. A smile came to my face when she informed me of the time. It was the exact time that I also felt Godâ€™s peace and had drifted off to sleep.
I had been frightened by the change in my grandfatherâ€™s behavior, but my Father had given me His peace that passes all understanding. Was it a coincidence that the two of us felt peaceful enough to fall asleep at the same time? I think not, it was almighty God keeping His promise.
My grandfather died a few days later due to complications. But the experience in the ICU serves as a reminder to me that when I am afraid I need to remember who my Father is and that no matter what the situation, He is in control. Yes, it was hard to lose my grandfather, and I still miss him. But I have peace knowing that He is in heaven and that one day we will be reunited. Therefore, then and now I can say that it is well with my soul.
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