in the lap of the gods

[in the lap of the gods] also [on the knees of the gods] {adv.phr.}, {literary} Beyond human control; not to be decided by anyone.

Frank had worked hard as a candidate, and as election day came hefelt that the result was in the lap of the gods.

The armies wereevenly matched and the result of the battle seemed to be on the kneesof the gods.