Hymn Story: God Leads Us Along

God Leads Us Along is a beautiful hymn that is not as well known as many of other hymns.
The hymn was written by George A. Young, an obscure preacher and carpenter. He often struggled to support his family on the meager amount he made. No exact date of birth is known but it is believed he was born sometime around 1855.
George Young and his family is said to have built their own small home. Imagine the excitement of finally being able to move in after the long wait and back breaking work to get it completed.
Sadly, tragedy would call while they were away preaching in another areas. Young men who did not appreciate his message set fire to the house, leaving nothing but a heap of ashes for them to return to.
From this tragedy and the words of Job 35:10, Young wrote this hymn.
The hymn is said to have been written in 1903.
George Young is believed to have died around 1935.

Haldor Lillenas

Around 1942, hymn writer Haldor Lillenas decided to track down George Young’s widow. When he stopped to ask for directions he was told she lived at the poor house.
However, when she came out to see her, he said that she “radiated the joy of the Lord.” She spoke of how the Lord had guided and lead her and her husband through many difficult times over the years.
“Then, she exclaimed, “Dr. Lillenas, God led me here!” I’m so glad He did, for you know, about every month someone comes into this place to spend the rest of their days….So many of them don’t know my Jesus. I’m having the time of my life introducing them to Jesus! Dr. Lillenas, isn’t it wonderful how God leads!…How thankful I am that God brought me to this place to minister to so many in need.”
Mrs. Young was a woman sold out to God and his will for her life. Are you sold out to God’s will for your life?

One comment

  • What a sad story! And, to think of that dear woman so joyful in the midst of such hard circumstances! This was one of my dear Mom’s favorite songs, and my mind went straight to her when I saw the title of your post. So many of these deep, edifying hymns were written from places of such deep anguish. Thank you for writing these enlightening posts about their backgrounds.

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