One beautiful, sunny day, a young woman, Louisa Stead, and her husband took their four year old daughter, Lily, on a picnic at the seaside. They probably sat comfortably on their picnic blanket as they watched Lily chasing seagulls, or collecting seashells. Then suddenly, their peaceful lunch was interrupted by loud cries. A little boy was drowning and was screaming for help. Mr Stead immediately threw off his jacket and rushed down to the water. He tried to save the child, but as Louisa and Lily watched helplessly from shore, both the boy and Mr Stead were drowned. Louisa was in horrified shock. One moment her husband was with her - strong, healthy, full of life - and the next moment his body was cold and empty in the water.
Louisa and her little child now had no way to support themselves and they were left destitute. Gradually, the small amount of money they had saved ran out completely. The young woman had no way to buy food. They were desperate and alone. But Louisa continued trusting in the Lord. She knew that He was the one Friend who would never leave them or forsake them.
One morning, they didn't have any food at all, and Louisa had no idea how she was going to feed her little girl. She didn't despair, even though everything looked impossibly bleak. And when she opened her front door, there on the doorstep, someone had left food and money. That day, she wrote this hymn:
Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus
Just to take Him at His word
Just to rest upon His promise
Just to know, "thus saith the Lord"
Jesus, Jesus how I trust Him
How I've proved Him o'er and o'er
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus
Oh for grace to trust Him more
Yes tis sweet to trust in Jesus
Just from sin and self to cease
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest and joy and peace
I'm so glad I learned to trust Him
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend
And I know that Thou art with me
Wilt be with me to the end.