It is no secret

From “Then Sings My Soul…”

"It is no secret"

Stuart Hamblen (1909 – 1989)

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the LORD shall be saved.” ROM 10.13

Though the 1949 Los Angeles Crusade was to launch Billy Graham to worldwide fame, the meetings appeared to get off to a slow start. Arriving in Los Angeles before the crusade, Mr Graham gave a news conference, then eagerly waited for the next day to see how the crusade would be publicised.  Not a single newspaper carried the story. But among the supporters Graham did have was the influential Presbyterian Bible teacher Henrietta Mears, who invited Billy to her home in Beverly Hills to speak to a group of Hollywood personalities.  Present that day was a hard-drinking star of cowboy westerns named Stuart Hamblen, who also hosted one of the most popular afternoon radio shows on the West Coast. He was infamous for his gambling and brawling.

The two men took a liking to each other, and Billy longed to win Stuart to Christ. But as the three-week campaign neared its end, there was no sign that the big cowboy was under conviction. Sensing that momentum for the meetings was building, the local crusade organisers wanted to extend them, but Billy was hesitant, having never done that before. He put out a “fleece”, and asked God for a sign. The next morning at 4:30, he was awakened in his room at the Langham Hotel by a phone call. It was Stuart Hamblen, and he was in tears. That night, Stuart gave his heart to Christ.

It was the sign Billy needed to extend the meetings. Meanwhile, Stuart excitedly told the story of his conversion on his radio show, and the local newspapers picked up the story. Soon all of Los Angeles was buzzing about the Billy Graham meetings.  The resulting publicity launched a half-century of mass evangelism virtually unparalleled in Christian history. Shortly afterwards, Stuart Hamblen reportedly met movie star John Wayne on a street in Los Angeles. “What's this I hear about you, Stuart?” asked the actor.  “Well, Duke, it’s no secret what God can do.” “Sounds like a song”, said John. Stuart went home, sat down at his piano and wrote “It Is No Secret”. He went on to write 225 other songs before his death in 1989.

“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

 

[Refrain]  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 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”

 

[Refrain]