Frances Jane Crosby, Fanny Crosby, (1820-1915) authored literally thousands of songs and poems. Being blind, at least since early infancy, she lived her life without earthly sight. Her faith in God is evident in her writings, as is the fact that she considered her blindness a blessing of focus, rather than a curse. Earthly eyesight would have provided too many distractions of this beautiful world was her claim. She was satisfied with the thought of her Savior’s face being the first she would ever see.

Many of her songs we still sing. Remembering her blindness gives a special emphasis to her 1875 hymn – All the Way My Savior Leads Me:

 

All the way my Savior leads me: What have I to ask beside?

Can I doubt His tender mercy, Who thro’ life has been my

Guide?

Heavenly peace, divinest comfort, Here by faith in Him to

dwell!

For I know what-e’er be fall me, Jesus doeth all things well;

For I know what-e’er be fall 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;

Tho’ my weary steps may falter, And my soul a-thirst 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: O 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!

 

Even though most of us have physical eyesight or memories of things seen, we can choose the things on which we focus, and so, we, too, can sing our way through faltering steps and souls a-thirst This my song through endless ages: Jesus led me all the way!

So, we fix our eyes –  not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (2Cor 4:18), and in this way we can be the good soil that produces a good crop and not be a people that “though seeing they may not see”. . . (Luke 8:4-10).

 

Peace,

Jay Don