“It is well with my soul” is a conundrum. Many times we say it through gritted teeth, in anger, with tears seeping out of the corners of our eyes before we say it with surrender. For the christian, it does not mean everything is ok. It does not mean we are happy with events. It does not mean we approve or choose whatever catastrophic events we are in. It means that, whatever situation we find ourselves in, we realize that God can bring good from it, that whatever evil comes our way, our good Father is ultimately in control. He is also the god of Vengeance and the Just God – with mercy. It means we TRUST. we trust in the One who promises to make all things right and new and right. It is an admission that God is God, and we are not. It is a humble submission to trust that whatever comes our way, God will be with us, side by side in the fire and side by side on the cross.