All the Way My Savior Leads Me

I got a nice heavy box in from Amazon today full of books- including a monstrosity of a Hebrew collection. That’s going to be quite a challenge. Anyway, I also got Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan. He spotlights 150 hymns and tells the story behind them and their author. I’m in heaven. I love to know the stories behind art! If you’ve known me for long enough, you know that I love love Fanny J. Crosby. She was so wise and humble and of course, wrote some great hymns. Being one of, if not the top, female hymn writer ever doesn’t hurt either! 🙂 Here is her story behind being blind and All The Way My Savior Leads:

When Fanny J. Crosby wrote “All the way my Savior leads me, / What have I to ask beside?” she was expressing her own testimony of God’s guidance. Even her blindness, she realized, was part of His plan.

When Fanny was about 6 weeks old, her parents had realized with alarm that something was wrong with her eyes. The local doctor was away, but the Crosbys found a man- no one afterward recalled his name- who claimed to be a physician. He put hot poultice on the baby’s inflamed eyes, insisting it would draw out the infection. The infection did clear up, but white scars appeared and in the months that followed the baby registered no response to objects held before her. As it turned out, Fanny was not totally blind. Even in old age she could discern day and night. But her vision was gone.

Yet this stimulated other gifts, such as her phenomenal memory. As a child, Fanny memorized whole sections of the Bible, including most of the Pentateuch, the four Gospels, all of Proverbs, and vast portions of other books. Whenever she wanted to ‘read’ a passage, she just turned there in her mental ‘Bible’ and read it verbatim. ‘This Holy Book’, she said when she was 85, ‘has nurtured my entire life’.

Year later, Fanny viewed her blindness as a special gift from God, believing He had given her a particular ‘soul-vision’ which equipped her for a special work. ‘It was the best thing that could have happened to me’, she declared. ‘How in the world could I have lived such a helpful life had I not been blind?’

Don’t blame the doctor,’ Fanny said on another occasion. ‘He is probably dead by this time. But if I could meet him, I would tell him that he unwittingly did me the greatest favor in the world.’

Though this hymn expressed Fanny Crosby’s lifelong testimony, it was prompted by a specific incident in 1874. One day she didn’t have enough money to pay her rent. Just as she committed the matter to God in prayer, a stranger appeared at her door and pressed a 10 dollar bill in her hand before disappearing. It was the very amount needed. That night, she wrote the words to ‘All the Way My Savior Leads Me’.

While I flatter myself to make the comparison, I can relate to Crosby’s stories. [there are many] Honestly, I had some ideas, but wasn’t sure how I was going to pay for all the school expenses for this year. I had applied for many scholarships but only heard back from one and it was a no! I thought- come on God! Don’t you want me to go to seminary? It would be ok if you wanted to show up a little. When I moved about a week and a half ago, my mom said she had some mail for me that was sent to their house. Oh, thanks and I shoved it into a drawer as we hauled in all sorts of stuff. The next day I went through the mail and lo and behold there was a scholarship letter! And guess how much it was for? No, not the whole kit-n-kaboodle for all of the costs, but the exact amount to cover housing for the entire year! How great is that? Interestingly, it was postmarked a few weeks back when I was still asking God for help! I recognize a blessing when I get one and I’m so thankful! What are you recently thankful for? Like Fanny J. Crosby, everything unfolds just at the right time, though it can feel like we’re walking blindly without seeing what’s ahead!

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, whate’er befall me,

Jesus doeth all things well;

For I know, whate’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;

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;

This my song through endless ages:

Jesus led me all the way.


“So we have continued praying for you ever since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what he wants to do in your lives, and we ask him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and you will continually do good, kind things for others. All the while, you will learn to know God better and better.

We also pray that you will be strengthened with his glorious power so that you will have all the patience and endurance you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father, who has enabled you to share the inheritance that belongs to God’s holy people, who live in the light.

For he has rescued us from the one who rules in the kingdom of darkness, and he has brought us into the Kingdom of his dear Son. God has purchased our freedom with his blood and has forgiven all our sins. Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before God made anything at all and is supreme over all creation.” [Colossians 1:9-15]


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