God Knows

Open gate 01So I stand once again at the beginning of a new year, trying to clear my mind and heart of things past in order to behold the brand-new life that lies ahead, and trying to trust what and where I cannot see. My ritual for New Year’s Day has long included reading this poem, the first part of which was found in my grandfather’s wallet after his death. It’s popularly known as “The Gate of the Year,” but its author gave it the title, “God Knows.” It grows more meaningful to me with each passing year.

God Knows, by Minnie Louise Haskins (1875-1957)

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night. And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.

So heart be still:
What need our little life
Our human life to know,
If God hath comprehension?
In all the dizzy strife
Of things both high and low,
God hideth His intention.

God knows. His will
Is best. The stretch of years
Which wind ahead, so dim
To our imperfect vision,
Are clear to God. Our fears
Are premature; In Him,
All time hath full provision.

Then rest: until
God moves to lift the veil
From our impatient eyes,
When, as the sweeter features
Of Life’s stern face we hail,
Fair beyond all surmise
God’s thought around His creatures
Our mind shall fill.

One comment

  1. Linda Nelson · · Reply

    thank you once again for the smile you provide in my life. Happy New Year my friend.

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