“And I said to the man 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.
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.”
—Minnie Louise Haskins, 1908
(Painting: “Winter Sunrise” by Charles Warren Eaton)