The end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014 was hard and even dark time for me on many levels, and as I looked into 2014 though I held on to what little hope I had left, I couldn’t say there was much excitement as I stood at the gate of the year. In my perplexity I was reminded the words of a poem written by Minnie Louise Haskins titled ‘God knows’ though popularly referred to as ‘The Gate of the Year’
This poem was given to King George VI by his daughter Princess Elizabeth and it caught the public attention and popular imagination when the king quoted it in his 1939 Christmas broadcast to the British Empire. The poem has been a source of encouragement to many especially in the early days of the Second World War when it reached it’s first mass audience. I do hope it will encourage you as much as (perhaps even more than) it encouraged, the poem goes thus:
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.
I made the words : “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” my creed in 2014 and indeed it was as the man at the Gate of the Year said – better than the the light and safer than a known way…
2014 for me was a year of significant highs; it was a year where I saw the hand of God transform lives, it was the year where I miraculously (and I do not use this word lightly) bought my first home, it was the year where I made significant strides in my career, it was the year where I passed my driving test ( this might not seem so great to some but it sure was for me…lol), it was the year where I started blogging and found a new passion, one that might define the rest of my life. This is not to say there were no challenging times but through it all we came out on top.
I say of all this not to tell of my accomplishments or claim these to be the ultimate end but to tell anyone who, despite the many exciting talks about how great the new year is going to be, still feels a sense of hopelessness or has a bleak outlook as they stand at the gate of the year. I urge you to make this poem your creed: Put your hand into the hand of God in 2015 and it shall be to you better than the light and safer than a known way.
If you are reading this and don’t have a clue what it means to put your hand into the hand of God or how to do that but would like to know more then please do get in touch.
I wish you all a Happy New Year! 🙂