25 Days of Christmas songs – Day 17
Today’s song is one that is particularly close to me and my family. The reason isn’t the song so much, but a story by the same title. If you haven’t heard the the audio version of the book, it would be worth the effort to track down a copy. However, you can buy the book on Amazon (“All Is Well” by Frank Peretti). It’s a story about a struggling family. A family who has been through a rough time, and has lost hope.
I don’t know about you, but we have been through a rough time or two as a family. Growing up, our family didn’t have much and didn’t have much money with which one would acquire things. Now, my family – even though we are quite a bit better off than I was growing up – finds ourselves looking in the face of a very uncertain situation.
It’s in uncertain times like this that we need something to hope in and to hope for. When things aren’t going the way you had hoped, and they are out of your control, you need something bigger than you. You need something outside of your circumstances to be able to step in and help.
That’s exactly what we find in this story. And today’s song serves as a gentle reminder that “All Is well.” And I’m reminded of the ending of this story: (Spoiler alert – don’t read the next paragraph if you want to read the story!!!!)
“Well, like I said in the beginning, it all depends on where you’re standing and how good the view is from there. When you’re the storyteller, you have a pretty good view. You know things the people in your story don’t know…so I know Ruth and Jenny will be taken care of…and I know that things won’t be easy, but they’ll make it…now that she remembers how come all is well, she knows. She remembers and she’ll tell Jenny once again that God is the grand storyteller of our lives. He weaves our days and then strings them like beads on the chain of history. He knows the placement of every person and event, the end from the beginning, from His lofty heights He has the best view of all. She remembers and she’ll tell Jenny that in a stable in Bethlehem so long ago, God wrote himself into the story and became its central character. Now the weaver of the story walks with us in the midst of the story. And he’ll stay with us until that story is completed His way, in His time and for His glory. And that’s how come all is well. Remember?” (- Frank Peretti transcribed from the recording for Focus on the Family. 1990.)
So, if I may, let me encourage you today. Wherever you find yourself, know that you don’t walk alone. There is hope, because God not only wrote himself into the story, but He left his presence to walk with us. We may not see the path or how things are going to work out right now, but someday we will. All Is Well.
Open Spotify to hear the song by Michael W. Smith.