I know not what awaits me

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I know not what awaits me,
  God kindly veils my eyes,
And o’er each step of my onward way
  He makes new scenes to rise;
And every joy He sends me comes
  A sweet and glad surprise.
  Where He may lead I’ll follow,
  My trust in Him repose;
And every hour in perfect peace,
  I’ll sing, “He knows, He knows“;
And every hour in perfect peace,
    I’ll sing, “He knows, He knows.”
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One step I see before me,
  ’Tis all I need to see,
The light of heaven more brightly shines
  When earth’s illusions flee;
And sweetly through the silence comes,
  His loving, “Trust in Me!”
3
Oh, blissful lack of wisdom,
  ’Tis blessed not to know;
He holds me with His own right hand,
  And will not let me go,
And lulls my troubled soul to rest
  In Him who loves me so.
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So on I go not knowing;
  I would not if I might;
I’d rather walk in the dark with God
  Than go alone in the light;
I’d rather walk by faith with Him
  Than go alone by sight.
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Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

Mr. Bliss lost his life in the terrible railroad wreck at Ashtabula, Ohio. His trunk, however, reached Chicago safely, as it had gone before by another train. In his trunk was discovered this hymn.

Mr. Bliss had rearranged the words of the poem to some extent, and had composed the tune. Sentence by sentence, the words are full of pathetic [archaic use meaning "sorrowful"] interest in connection with the author’s sudden death so soon afterward. - Story of Gospel Hymns by Ira Sankey


Julie Dunn

Rhode Island, United States

I was diagnosised with breast cancer in August of 2011 and have had to make numerous decisions that were very difficult. Many times throughout the day (morning, noon and even 2 AM) I would come to this song and my heart, mind and soul would be refocused!! Praise God for the comfort He gives us in times of trials!!


Huyen Nguyen

Garden Grove, CA, United States

I was also really touched by this song, "And o'er each step of my onward way, He makes new scenes to rise; and every joy He sends me comes a sweet and glad surprise. So on I go not knowing; I would not if I might; I'd rather walk in the dark with God than go alone in the light; I'd rather walk by faith with Him than go alone by sight." - I Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written,"Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard and which have not come up in man's heart; things which God has prepared for those who love Him." Amen! :)


Josh

Plano, TX, United States

I first enjoyed this hymn when I was about to graduate from UT at a graduation meeting. O Lord may this hymn govern the rest of my life. I know not what awaits me but the Lord always takes care of us in the best way!


Cindy Fajardo

Canada

Praise You Lord You know.