by Heather Tietz
He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and he knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”
The Bible is full of mottos, great declarations for our everyday living. Here, at the end of Jesus life is born one excellent motto for the Believer. “Not my will, but yours, be done.” That is, whatever door God unlocks, if the winds of life blow it open, however lovely or unappealing the landscape, we will step into it in faith. God is with us. God is for us. We trust that God’s omnipotent view shows Him what’s best.
Like Jesus, a hallway of doors opened for Horatio G Spafford that without this God-fearing motto, he could not have peacefully walked through. Spafford suffered two year of grievous events, beginning with the passing of his four year old son from Scarlet fever. Later that year he lost extensive real estate from the great Chicago fire. As his family tried to recover, he sent his wife and four daughters on a trip to England. But their ship, the SS Ville du Harve never made it across the ocean. Spafford lost all but his wife. As he retraced that sorrowful voyage he penned the words “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.” He is the author of that famous hymn “It is Well With My Soul.”
God opens doors. Like Jesus, like Spafford, we can step ahead with our Father’s hand and a motto of faith to steady our feet.