Beneath His wings of love abide, God will take care of you.
God will take care of you, Through every day, o’er all the way;
He will take care of you, God will take care of you.
- Lyrics by Civilla D. Martin, 1904
In the summer of 1904, Lucilla Durfee Martin, a schoolteacher who loved to sing God's praises and enjoyed dabbling in the writing of such songs, accompanied her husband, W. Stillman Martin, a Baptist minister who was quite well known, on a trip to a small Bible college in New York State. Mr. Martin had been called to help the school's President in putting together a song book of praise. While there he was invited to preach at a church a number of miles away one Sunday and on that day, Mrs. Martin was ill and couldn't accompany her husband. Walter Martin was concerned about his wife's condition and considered canceling his trip. After all, in those days sudden illnesses often became much more serious due to the lack of the powerful antibiotics of today, but something happened that told him he must go as scheduled. The Martin's young son overheard his parent's conversation and asked his father why he didn't think God would take care of his mother while he was away. Those words, spoken so honestly as they always are by a child, told him to go on with his trip.
Late in the afternoon of that same day, Mrs. Martin, feeling somewhat better and sitting up in bed, wrote the words that would come to be the lyrics of the hymn, "God Will Take Care of You." When her husband returned, she showed him the words and he sat down and wrote the music to it. It would be published in the songbook he was working on the next year. It offers just another example of how God puts our talents to use when we stay in tune with him, even in the case of a sick mother awaiting the return of her husband.
So, what can we learn from that beautiful hymn for which the first verse and refrain is shown above? What does it tell us in this time of fear of the unknown by so many in these days of modern tribulation? Quite simply it's this, God will take care of you. We by ourselves can do nothing to solve this problem and find a cure and an end to things like disease. No, we must depend on God, who works constantly but often unknowingly to us to direct and guide those who have the gifts granted by Him to do such work. We need to turn those big problems over to Him and trust Him. And while we don't know what the outcome will be and the why it happened, we need to trust Him and know that whatever is His will is going to be done and if we are attuned to Him with our faith and love, He will, indeed, take care of us. Pay attention, be of good cheer and follow the actions that God will lead us to do and the worry and fear will be taken from us and we'll know what to do. Be blessed on this Sunday, for the Lord is always near and He hears our prayers. Of that we can be certain and it will give us peace.