Horatio threw himself into the reconstruction of Chicago. Finally, he and his wife, Anna, planned a much-needed family vacation to England. Due to construction problems, Horatio decided to stay behind and join the family as soon as he could. Anna and their four daughters set sail for England. Tragedy struck again. After colliding with another ship on the Atlantic Ocean, their vessel sank to the ocean floor. Horatio received a telegram from Anna with only two words "Saved alone..." A parent's worst nightmare happened - she, alone, survived as her four daughters perished.
|The original "It Is Well With My Soul" penned|
over the watery-grave of Horatio's daughters
Only those who have lived through personal tragedy can attest to how difficult it is to say, "All is well..." in the midst of your on-going adversity. Both these historical figures gained mastery over their tongues and had tremendous self-control. I can only assume that they spent much time in the Presence of The LORD and in His life-transforming Word.
The Shunammite Woman truly understood the Proverb, "Death and life is in the power of the tongue" (Prov. 18:21), and Horatio Spafford knew to praise God in all things. I could picture Psalm 138 arising within his heart.
Thank You, LORD, for those who have gone before us. Their lives are a living testament of what it means to be doers of Your Word; and ever an encouragement to soak in The Holy Scriptures, for our lives can change in an instant. May it be Your Word that flows from my lips, not my circumstances, during a crisis.
Because of Him and Unto Him,