This morning at about 4 a.m., my 3 month old woke me up for a feed. I’ll be honest, I didn’t want to get up. I’ve been fighting a cold and just wanted to sleep! Haha. But I picked up my son, and an old hymn began playing in my head.
All throughout the day I couldn’t get the song out of my head. I didn’t know all the words, and one thing I’ve learned about hymns is, there is always a story behind their being birthed. So I googled and found the lyrics and the birthplace of this beautiful song.
From her childhood, the call to missionary service was the guiding motivation for Louisa M. R. Stead (c. 1850-1917). Born in Dover, England, and converted at the age of nine, Stead came to the United States in 1871, living in Cincinnati. She attended a camp meeting in Urbana, Ohio, where she dedicated her life to missionary service. Ill health prevented her from serving initially. She married in 1875, and the couple had a daughter, Lily. Hymnologist Kenneth Osbeck describes a major turning point in the family’s life:
“When the child was four years of age, the family decided one day to enjoy the sunny beach at Long Island Sound, New York. While eating their picnic lunch, they suddenly heard cries of help and spotted a drowning boy in the sea. Mr. Stead charged into the water. As often happens, however, the struggling boy pulled his rescuer under water with him, and both drowned before the terrified eyes of wife and daughter. Out of her ‘why?’ struggle with God during the ensuing days glowed these meaningful words from the soul of Louisa Stead.”
The hymn, “’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus” was inspired by this personal tragedy.
Right now, my husband and I are in a basement apartment with our two little ones. I’ll be honest, we don’t really know what we are doing. Which for my American mind, it’s so hard to fathom “not having a plan.” We’ve been asking the question lately, “where are we going from here?” “Is it time to buy a house?” “God, what are you doing in our life/what are we to do?” I know that we are not the only ones asking these questions currently as I’ve had several conversations with friends recently who are also asking God what their next step is.
One thing is sure, we know Who is with us, we know Who speaks to us and anytime I feel anxious about where we are at in life, I can count on the Holy Spirit to calm my anxious mommy heart.
This hymn is such a good reminder that in all things “Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus…how I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er.” He has never let me down yet, and I don’t expect He will begin to now.
If you’ve been feeling like you don’t know where you’re going or maybe you’re facing a circumstance that has you confused about God or His goodness, let me just encourage you that it truly is sweet to trust in Jesus. I’ve had to make a personal decision to not get offended at God’s leadership so many times on my walk with Christ. I’ve had to make the decision that no matter where the Lamb takes me, I will follow. It’s so much better to be with Jesus on the water, than without Him in the boat! 🙂 (Matthew 14:22-32)
Just to take Him at His Word
Just to rest upon His promise,
Just to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
Oh, for grace to trust Him more!
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend
And I know that He is with me,
Will be with me to the end.
Just to trust His cleansing blood
And in simple faith to plunge me
‘Neath the healing, cleansing flood!
Just from sin and self to cease
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace.
But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me.
O Lord I give my life to you. I trust you my God…No one who ever trusts in you will ever be disgraced…
But I am trusting you, O Lord, saying you are my God! My future is in your hands.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do and He will show you which path to take.
The above verse reminded me of 1 Corinthians 14:33, “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace…”.
Lord Jesus, I thank you that it is truly sweet to trust in you. I thank you that you are so kind, gentle and trustworthy. That your leadership is always right and good. I thank you that you have good plans for us, that you call us the head and not the tail, the top and not the bottom, above and not beneath. I pray right now that you would help us trust you more, that we would grow in the sweet intimacy of trusting you deeper, leaning in to hear your heart beat. I speak clarity over each of us today, because confusion is not of you and not our portion. We love you and bless you, in Jesus Name. Amen.
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