As we enter this New Year we are hopeful. The year will be full of new experiences, twists and turns that will guide us through the next 12 months.
Cilvilla Martin was the wife of Walter S. Martin. In 1904, Walter was scheduled to preach at a school some distance away. They were guests of the Practical Training School in Lestershire, New York. Walter Martin was helping the principal create a songbook.
Cilvilla wasn’t feeling well that day and Walter almost canceled the meeting to stay home and take care of his wife. Their nine-year-old son surprised them by saying, “Don’t you think God will take care of her?”
Walter Martin went on to preach at the service. While he was gone, Cilvilla thought about what her son said; that God would take care of her. She decided to write the words to a song. It turned out to be “God Will Take Care of You.”
When Walter Martin came home, Cilvilla gave him the words she had written. He was so relieved that she was better. He immediately sat at the organ and composed the music. One hour later, he was finished.
George Beverly Shea sang this beautiful song for years:
God Will Take Care of You
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.
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.
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.
Cilvilla Martin also wrote “His Eye Is On The Sparrow,” another song to reassure us that God is watching and will take care of us no matter what this New Year brings.