I know not what awaits me

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.”
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!”
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.
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.
Sam Liu

New York City, NY, United States

This hymn touchs me every time I sang or muted on its lyrics. The author had had tremendous experience of the Lord's presence. Stanza 4 "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." It requires a strong faith and a desire for His presence to go on in this way during our Christrians' journey!

Moses knows God's Will and long for His presence in the following verses: Ex 33:13 Now therefore if I have found favor in Your sight, please let me know now Your ways, that I may know You, so that I may continue to find favor in Your sight. Consider also that this nation is Your people. Ex 33:14 And He said, My presence shall go with you,  and I will give you rest.

Ex 33:15 And he said to Him, If Your presence does not go with us,  do not bring us up from here." The Lord said, “My presence shall go with you. ” What a treasure! The presence, the smile, of the Lord is the governing principle. We must be fearful of receiving anything from the Lord yet losing His presence.

Nelson K

United Kingdom

And every hour in perfect peace,

I’ll sing, “He knows, He knows. ”

Ms. Leony C. Caido, Rn

Calasiao, Ilocos Region, Philippines

His loving, "TRUST in ME" is very comforting especially this pandemic times.

Let's Pray for one another. Let's grow in Christ. Gain Him, love Him, enjoy Him today!..


Roseburg, Oregon, United States

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.

Thank You Lord for your perfect ways. We say amen to whatever You sovereignly set before us because Your heart towards us is always good. We love You Lord.

Mariegel Dalaguete

Leduc, Alberta, Canada

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". Amen, Praise the Lord. We just have to simply trust in Him. He knows our deepest thoughts and every situations.

Ethel Anderson

Seattle, Washington, United States

Mary Brainard wrote this song that will never be outdated. Beautiful words for all time, even now as we wait in quarinteen to see where the situation with the coronavirus goes. Another of many reminders that our Lord God knows everything ahead of time and He's got the whole world in His hands.


Ashland, OR, United States

Beautiful hymn and music!!

Glory Jung

Cypress, CA, United States

He knows, He knows.. that's faith..

Isaac Estrada

Austin, Texas, United States

Lord! Keep me following You throughout all the days of my life! Thank You Lord, You know!!

Ana Lara

Tolland, Connecticut, United States

Mary G Brainard was born June 19, 1837 in New London, Connecticut and died November 30th, 1905.

She was the daughter of William Fowler Brainard, a New London lawyer whose younger brother was the poet John Gardiner Calkins Brainard.

Her grandfather was a judge in the Connecticut Supreme Court- a descendant of Lion Gardiner- an early English settler and soldier who founded the first English settlement in what became New York. Gardiner’s Island remains the possession of the family and the largest privately known island in the U. S.

Mary’s poem “Not Knowing “ first appeared in “The Congregational” in March of 1869. In 1870 it was set to music by Phillip Paul Bliss. He also rearranged some of the words. The original hymn has never been found.