GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU written in 1904
Civilla Martin (1866-1948) was a school teacher until she married W. Stillman Martin (1862-1935), a Baptist minister. She tried to travel with him to evangelistic meetings, but, because of her poor health there were times she could not go.
Stillman had accepted an invitation to preach at a church a few hours away from his home. When his wife, Civilla, became ill that Sunday morning, he thought he should cancel the engagement. But his young son spoke up and said, “Father, don’t you think if God wants you to preach today, he will take care of Mother while you are away?”
Because of his son’s question, he kept the engagement; he went ahead and preached at the church. When he returned that night, his wife was feeling better… and had even written this song – inspired by their son’s question – while he was gone! Later that night, Stillman composed the music for her words.
In her writing, she used only her initials, “C.D.” (from her maiden name, Civilla Durfee) rather than her full name of that of her composer-husband. She wrote several hundred hymns and religious songs. Her first one, this one, “God Will Take Care of You,” became world-famous. “His Eye is on the Sparrow”, written in 1906 and set to music by Charles H. Gabriel, also received wide acclaim.
God will take care of you. It’s a lesson we all need to learn.
Read this hymn, and – today – take comfort in God’s care.
Be not dismayed whate’er betide, God will take care of you;
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.
Through days of toil when heart doth fail, God will take care of you;
when dangers fierce your path assail, God will take care of you. (Refrain)
All you may need He will provide, God will take care of you;
nothing you ask will be denied, God will take care of you. (Refrain)
No matter what may be the test, God will take care of you;
lean, weary one, upon His breast, God will take care of you. (Refrain)