Miracle Monday #5 Horatio Spafford

You could say I had everything someone could ever want. A loving wife, five incredible children (four girls and one boy), I was a successful layer and had a prosperous business, this was all thanks to a God I had devoted my life to. But suddenly the floor beneath our feet was gone, as life took a turn that none of us expected.

First my son came down with something, we thought it was just a cold, but it quickly became a deadly fever that took his life, he was only four years old, as my wife and I mourned the loss of our little boy, we could not make sense of what was happening, we asked God that question we all ask amidst sudden loss, why? What could come from this?

As we dealt with this, only a year later there was a huge fire in our home town and all my savings, everything I had worked so hard for was destroyed and went up in flames. Once again our family was face with unexpected tragedy, once again we found ourselves wondering why? How would we get out of this?

I had suffered enough loss for a lifetime, or so I thought...

Our family had been through a lot and I decided that we needed a vacation, we needed a change of scenery, and so I booked a cruise on an ocean liner from America to England. As we were preparing to leave, a much needed business opportunity appeared and so my wife and I decided I should stay to take care of business and I would meet them in England later. I said goodbye to them on the dock that day and went on with the tasks I had ahead of me.

A few days later I received the earth shattering news that the ship my wife and four little daughters had been on had sunk due to an accident at high seas. Once again tragedy had caught me off guard and I was broken, I now had nothing, I didn’t even know how to go on, finding a reason to go on living was now harder than ever.

But then a glimmer of hope amidst the deep darkness I was lost in...

I received a letter the next day, it was from Whales, I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw the handwriting, it was my dear wife’s, she was alive! For a second my heart soared and then I read her words “survived alone, what should I do?”. My soul was crushed, our four remaining daughters had in fact died in the horrible accident.

I decided to go immediately to my wife over in Whales and booked the earliest ticket I could get, as we sailed toward England, the captain of the ship called me to the bridge and said to me.
a careful reckoning has been made, and I believe we are now passing the very place where the Ville du Havre sank.
I stood there with nothing I could say, words just seemed to disappear as I realized I was passing over my four daughters watery grave.

In that moment, in the middle of an ocean of pain storming inside my chest, the words that came to me were not what I expected, they were not what I wanted, but they were all I had to offer. I wrote them down, and as ink meet paper, I felt a tug on my heart, I knew that these words were not only for me and my pain, but they would be for my wife, and countless others that would suffer loss, tragedy and heartache. That one short sentence that grew into a song, changed my life, and I believe that it can change yours as well.

When peace like a river attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well with my soul

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come
Let this blest assurance control
That Christ (yes, He has) has regarded my helpless estate
And has shed His own blood for my soul

My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought (a thought)
My sin, not in part, but the whole (every bit, every bit, all of it)
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more (yes!)
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend
Even so, it is well with my soul!

My name is Horatio Spafford
And this is one of my miracle stories

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