I have a degree in English, which makes me something of a grammar nazi. At the coffee shop, I am asked a hundred times a day “How are you?” To which I reply “I am well!” Grammatically speaking, this is correct. “I’m good” is not.
I also value honesty. Lately my overactive mind has asked me whether I am being honest when I answer that way. I’m not well. Physically speaking, I have a disease. Cancer is growing even as I sit here typing. So how should I answer? I hate to ambush someone with “I have cancer! How are you?” I also hate to be untruthful.
As I pondered this yesterday, (my mind is really, really overactive right now) the song It Is Well came to mind. I love that song. It may be my favorite hymn of all time. That is my heart’s cry through this whole ordeal. . . that it would well with my soul.
And so, I have found peace with this dilemma. Is my body well? Nope. But my soul is.