Where are your eyes?

When the coronavirus attacks and the news media sources pour out a never-ending stream of bad and disheartening news, there is a place of peace and comfort. More importantly, there is a Person who is the Prince of Peace.

When I was a boy, I learned many hymns. We sang some frequently in our church. These come to my memory during times of stress, fear, loss and even during times when all seems lost. The hymn titles include COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS, JESUS PAID IT ALL and IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL. It is a helpful thing to remember the blessings when life is teetering. It is very helpful to remember that the most important things of this life have already been resolved for all my future days. Even when I can not see certain things that bring a temporary sense of security and comfort I have peace.

When we have our eyes on someone who is the Master of the storms of life, we can rest assured that our souls are secure. Jesus said this to his troubled disciples: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27 He knew that they had troubled hearts and that they would have many difficulties in the future. Most of them would be killed for following him. Kristene DiMarco understands and so she sings “through it all my eyes are on you.” She isn’t focused on the storm even when she is feeling battered and threatened.

It is Well – Songwriters Kristene DiMarco, Horatio Gates Spafford, Phil Paul Bliss

She doesn’t deny that the storm is frightening. She preaches to herself in song the truth she knows. She trusts the Prince of Peace. She trusts the one who can say to the wind and waves, “peace be still.”

It is Well. Trust in Him.

Usually I am not fond of songs that repeat the same phrase over-and-over. But in this song, she is singing to her Savior. She sings “It is well with my soul” multiple times, but not because life is always easy. It isn’t. But she has her eyes on her Lord and knows her soul is secure.

And through it all, through it all – My eyes are on You

And through it all, through it all – It is well Lord

And through it all, through it all – My eyes are on You

It is well with my soul.

And it is well with me.

Listen to one of these….

Kristene DiMarco – It Is Well (Live)

It is Well (with lyrics)

Songwriters: Kristene Elizabeth Dimarco / Horatio Gates Spafford / Phil Paul Bliss

It Is Well lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Bethel Music Publishing