I don’t know what may have broken down in your life and I don’t underestimate the extent damage at all. I know the harm or chaos may be so significant that you do not even have the strength or will to rebuild anymore. However, dear friend, you can build again! You can draw strength from the Almighty and from within yourself to build again! Have the courage to rebuild!
Haratio Spafford was a prominent American Lawyer and Presbyterian church elder who lived in the nineteenth century. He invested in real estate north of Chicago in the spring of 1871. In October 1871, the great fire of Chicago reduced the city to ashes, destroying most of Spafford’s investment. In the same year, 1871, his 4-year-old son died of scarlet fever. On the 22 November 1873, just two years later, his wife and four daughters were on a ship to England for a family vacation. While crossing the Atlantic, their ship was struck by an iron sailing vessel killing 226 people, including all of Spafford’s daughters but his wife, Anna, survived the tragedy. Upon arriving in England, she sent a telegram to Spafford who didn’t travel with them due to business demands. The telegram read “Saved alone.” It was on the ship as Spafford sailed to England to join his wife, that he wrote the old-time classic hymn, “It Is Well With My Soul.”
Haratio and Anna later went on to have three other children, although one of the children again died of scarlet fever. Years later, they adopted a Jewish teenager as a son.
And do you know some other interesting thing about this couple? They never stopped serving God! After the ordeal at the sea that led to the death of their four daughters, they started hosting prayer meetings in their home and they were dubbed “The Overcomers” by the American press.
The Spafford’s story is one of two persons that had the courage to rebuild! You too can rebuild irrespective of the havoc or tragedy that life may have brought to you. I speak strength to your inner man, and I pray that your will to rebuild will be rekindled in Jesus name! Arise and begin to rebuild, it’s not too late, and you can do it!