THROUGH IT ALL written in 1971
Andrae Crouch (1942-2015) was a gifted musician who received many honors and successes in life… but he also has had his share of heartaches. In one church he sang at, the first 4 rows of people walked out when he walked onto the stage; they didn’t know the man they had invited to sing was an African-American. At another engagement, the church couldn’t find housing or him because of his skin color… and a church member volunteered a shed next to a chicken coop for him to stay in.
But, this song wasn’t written as a result of those kinds of events. It was written after Andrae had purchased a ring for a young lady who often sang with his group. He says, “We were working for 3 days at a church in Northern California, and I had picked out that time to ask her to be my companion for life.”
The first night his fiancée-to be didn’t show up. She didn’t come the next night, either. On the third night she came, gathered the group together, and announced she was in love and planning to get married. But she wasn’t talking about Andrae; she was going to marry someone else.
After the service that night, the heart-broken Andrae drove 5 hours back to his home. During that long drive he wept and prayed… and thought back to David in the Old Testament, and how he had been directed by God’s rod and God’s staff. When he got home, he sat down and wrote this personal testimony as a hymn.
Read this hymn, and – today – think of tough times when you had to rely on God.
I’ve had many tears and sorrows, I’ve had questions for tomorrow;
there’ve been times I didn’t know right from wrong:
but in every situation God gave blessed consolation
that my trials come to only make me strong.
Through it all, through it all, I’ve learned to trust in Jesus, I’ve learned to trust in God;
Through it all, through it all, I’ve learned to depend upon His Word.
I’ve been to lots of places, and I’ve seen a lot of faces;
there’ve been times I felt so all alone.
But in my lonely hours, yes, those precious lonely hours,
Jesus let me know that I was His own. (Chorus)
I thank God for the mountains, and I thank Him for the valleys,
I thank Him for the storms He brought me through;
for if I’d never had a problem I wouldn’t know that He could solve them…
I’d never know what faith in God could do. (Chorus)