God Works in a Mysterious Way

White daisies and stormy sky.

I love this song. I don’t particularly love the challenges and trials it speaks of, but I love what the song says, and I love the God whose smiling face is hiding behind every “frowning providence” we face in life.

God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs
And works His sov’reign will.

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
In blessings on your head.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flow’r.

Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.

I can’t find a recording of the tune I know, but I like this one! I discovered that the album has a wonderful story behind it, too — the story of God’s mysterious ways at work in the life of a little orphan with special needs in Guatemala.

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  1. We’re facing several “frowning providences” right now, and I have struggled with feeling lost even though I know God is Sovereign over all things and hasn’t forsaken us. It’s a “mind over emotion” season right now. Thanks for the reminder.

    We’ve sung this song at church recently–I wondered if this was the tune you were looking for– http://sovereigngracemusic.org/music/songs/god-moves/ http://sovereigngracemusic.org/music/songs/god-moves/