Known Only to Him

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When my eyes behold the stars
This heart of mine is filled with wonder.
My poor mind cannot grasp their array.
But the hand that spilled them there
All across the wide heaven,
Had a plan when He placed them that way.

This was one of the first ‘non-church’ Christian songs I knew. Many years later I discovered that Elvis’ definitive version omitted the first verse!

Known only to Him are the great hidden secrets;

I’ve always asked questions – particularly, ‘Why?’. I’ve learnt that it’s OK not to have an answer. Some secrets I can’t understand, some it’s better that I don’t understand, and some are just none of my business.

I’ll fear not the darkness when my flame shall dim.

The world is often dark; the flame of my life feels pretty dim in that darkness. The ultimate darkness is that of death; eventually the dim flame of my life will be extinguished. My faith takes away fear of any darkness.

I know not what the future holds, but I know who holds the future;

We face an unpredictable and uncertain new year. Faith means I trust the one who holds my future. Sometimes this trust is resting and peaceful; at other times it is gritting my teeth and holding on. I’ve learnt that my grip is pretty weak and I rely on the strength of God’s hold on me…

It’s a secret known only to Him.

Some well-meaning people say, ‘You’ll understand it one day.’ That may happen, but I accept that I may never have an answer. Faith and peace grow because I trust the God who holds all of the answers.

In this world of fear and doubt
On my knees I ask the question,
Why a lonely heavy cross I must bear.
Then He tells me in my prayer
It’s because I am trust worthy.
He gives me strength far more than my share.

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