IT IS NO SECRET (WHAT GOD CAN DO)
The chimes of time ring out the news, another day is through
Someone slipped and fell, Was that someone you?
You may have longed for added strength, your courage to renew
Do not be disheartened, for I bring hope to you.
It is no secret what God can do
What he’s done for others, He’ll do for you
With arms wide open, He’ll pardon you
It is no secret what God can do.
There is no night for in His light you’ll never walk alone
Always feel at home, Wherever you may roam
There is no power can conquer you when God is on your side,
Just take Him at His promise, don’t run away and hide.
Stuart Hamblen was born October 20, 1908, in Kellyville, Texas, the son of a traveling Methodist preacher and died March 8, 1989, in Santa Monica. He studied to be a teacher, but having a strong desire to write songs lead him to move to California.
He frequently appeared in B-movies and also hosted his own radio show. Many times he was jailed for excessive drinking and brawling, and the roles he played in the movies often depicted the reality of his life. Stuart pursued his song writing and achieved a Top 10 country hit, “Remember Me, I’m the One Who Loves You”.
In 1949 the Los Angeles Crusade with Billy Graham was not getting any publicity with the press, so Henrietta Mears, a bible teacher, decided to invite Billy to her home to meet several Hollywood personalities. Stuart Hamblen, who hosted a popular radio show and still heavily involved in drinking and carousing, was there.
Graham took an immediate interest in Stuart, but as the crusade drew to an end, there was no sign of any change in Stuart’s life. Fortunately, it was decided to hold the crusade for another few weeks.
It was while attending one of these meetings at the suggestion of his wife that Hamblen requested a meeting with Graham. During their meeting the next morning Hamblen surrendered his life to Christ.
Late one night as he thought about writing a song, the clock began to strike the hour of midnight. He immediately began writing, “The chimes of time ring out the news…” He finished the song in a matter of minutes which was a record-setting time for him.
This song should be a reminder that God can do anything and “what He’s done for others, He’ll do for you.” I began playing this song on the piano as a young girl, and it still encourages me today.
I hope it will do the same for you. Interestingly, it was Stuart’s neighbor, John Wayne, who suggested he write this song.