Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path. Proverbs 3:5-6
Recently I awakened with the hymn “All the Way My Savior Leads Me” on my mind. The hymn was written by Fanny Crosby in 1875. It was one of her first published hymns.
I found in various sources the story of its inception. Fanny was experiencing financial struggles. She urgently needed money and took it to the Lord in prayer. A few moments after her prayer, a gentleman donated five dollars to her, the precise amount she needed to meet her financial obligations. She recounted, “I have no way of accounting for this except to believe that God put it into the heart of this good man to bring the money.” The poem she wrote after this experience was “All the Way My Savior Leads Me.”
All the way my Savior leads me, what have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His tender mercy, who through life has been my guide.
Heav’nly peace divinest comfort, here by faith in Him to dwell!
For I know, what’er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well.
All the way my Savior leads me, cheers each winding path I tread,
Gives me grace for every trial, feeds me with the Living Bread.
Though my weary steps may falter and my soul athirst may be,
Gushing from the Rock before me, Lo! A spring of joy I see.
All the way my Savior leads me, oh, the fullness of His love!
Perfect rest to me is promised in my Father’s house above.
When my spirit, clothed immortal, wings its flight to realms of day. This my song through endless ages: Jesus led me all the way.
As our Experiencing God study reminds us, God pursues a continuing love relationship with us that is real and personal. As we walk with Him, we realize His provision in ways seen and unseen. Sometimes trials come that test our faith but ultimately, may we acknowledge as did Fanny Crosby, Jesus does all things well. He has a plan and a purpose. Trust Him.
May we stay connected to the vine (Jesus) through His Word, prayer, and fellowship with fellow believers in the church. Our paths may wind through desert seasons, but Jesus is the water supply that quenches our eternal thirst. In the end may we say as Fanny Crosby said, “Jesus led me all the way.”