words by Stuart Hamblen – music by Jim Reeves
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 have news for you.
There is no night for in His light
You never walk alone.
Always feel at home,
Wherever you may go.
There is no power can conquer you
While God is on your side.
Take Him at His promise,
Don’t run away and hide.
For it’s 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.
I love the story behind this song and I agree, it is no secrete what God can do. With arms wide open He will pardon you if you can just come to him just as you are. Isn’t it simply amazing what God can do? Honestly, from time to time, I believe the world, including Christians, need a reminder of how truly amazing our God is. God is so amazing in His mercy that in spite of the judgment that we deserve, His mercies are renewed every morning. Our God is so amazing in His provision that you and I can say He provides our every need according to His riches in glory. God is so amazing that He can take a marriage that is destroyed by selfishness and mend it. He can breathe new life into a dead business that the economy has devoured. He can do the impossible. Above all else, God can save any sinner that comes to Him for grace. The vilest offender who truly believes, that moment from Jesus a pardon receives. Praise the Lord!
Carl Stuart Hamblen composed and recorded “It Is No Secret” in 1950. Born in Texas in 1908, Hamblen enjoyed a long and successful musical career as a singer/songwriter, with more than two hundred songs to his credit, before he passed away in California in 1989. Hamblen was a heavy drinker who swore off demon rum and made religion a central part of his life in 1949 after attending “Youth for Christ,” a historic revival meeting held by the Reverend Dr. Billy Graham in Los Angeles
Stuart is best known by Christians for the many songs he wrote. His most well known is “It Is No Secret,” which was written one night in 1951 after talking with actor John Wayne who asked Stuart if he didn’t want a drink. Stuart replied “No, it is no secret what God can do.”
When Hamblen quit drinking thanks to Billy Graham he began to lose favor with Hollywood. He was ultimately fired by the radio station when he refused to accept a beer company as a sponsor. Hard times were upon him. During his struggle, John Wayne took him aside and told him all your troubles started when you ‘got religion’ and asked if it was worth it all. Hamblen answered simply, “Yes”. Then he said, “You liked your booze so much. Don’t you ever miss it?” And the answer was, “No”. John then said, “I don’t understand how you could give it up so easily.’ And Hamblen response was, ‘It’s no big secret. All things are possible with God.’ To this John said,. ‘” Wayne reportedly looked at him and said something like, “Stu, that’s a catchy phrase. You ought to write a song about that.”
Stuart got home and sat down at his piano just as the old grandfather clock in the hall chimed the hour of 12 midnight, and began to write, “The chimes of time ring out the news, another day is through..,” finishing in just 17 minutes.
In 1954, he was signed by RCA Victor and his first release for them, “This Ole House,” reached the top of the Country & Western charts as sung by Stuart, and Rosemary Clooney’s rendition climbed to number 3 on the pop charts.
Stuart Hamblen was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1976. In 2001, he was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. And in 2004, into the Gospel Music Association’s Hall of Fame.
Stuart Hamblen passed away in 1989 after surgery to remove a brain tumor. Billy Graham was the guest speaker at his memorial service. Suzy Hamblen passed away in 2008 from congestive heart failure. She was 101 years old.