IT IS NO SECRET written in 1950
Stuart Hamblin (1908-1989) lived life in the fast lane. He was a popular cowboy singer and a Hollywood actor who had his own radio show, called Family Album. In 1934, he became the first artist signed by Decca Records. Though his father was a Methodist pastor, Stuart spent his nights drinking, gambling, and partying.
By 1949, Stuart was an alcoholic. The evangelist, Billy Graham, was in Los Angeles for an evangelistic crusade, and Stuart invited him to be on his radio show. Stuart enjoyed their time together and accepted Graham’s invitation to come to the crusade the next night. And, when the closing invitation was given that next night, Stuart walked forward to the platform and prayed to receive Christ as his Savior. Graham would later say (in 1963) Stuart’s conversion was a turning point in his crusade ministry because Stuart was such a popular figure at the time and his conversion was so dramatic.
Newspapers spread the word quickly; Stuart had “hit the sawdust trail”. One day when Stuart was walking the broad sidewalk of a Hollywood street, the actor, John Wayne, stopped him and asked him, “Is it true what happened to you?” Stuart said, “I guess it’s no secret.” John Wayne laughed and said, “That sounds like a song to me.”
As they each continued walking together, Stuart said, “You know, John, what God has done for me He can also do for you.” And, that night, Stuart wrote the words to his personal testimony… the words to this hymn.
Stuart would be fired from his popular radio program soon after because he refused to do beer commercials. He would become a leading spokesman for the temperance movement, running for public office several times. He would also write the songs, “This Ole House” and “Open Up Your Heart (and let the sunshine in)”.
Read this hymn, and – today – think of your own testimony as you read Stuart Hamblen’s.
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 I have news for you.
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’ll never walk alone.
You’ll always feel at home wherever you may roam.
There is no power can conquer you, while God is on your side.
Take Him at His promise, don’t run away and hide. (Chorus)