Long Way Home–Steven Curtis Chapman
I set out on a great adventure the day my Father started leading me home
He said there’s gonna be some mountains to climb and some valleys we’re gonna go through
But I had no way of knowing just how hard this journey could be
Because the valleys are deeper and the mountains are steeper than I ever could have dreamed
No kidding!! I have been through some deep valleys myself, and climbed some steep mountains. In spite of the fact that mountains and valleys are something of a cliche, this song manages to use to use them with a relatively straight face and get away with it. I love the use of the ukulele, and the deep voices used for a bass line. The tone is light, but the message is dead on. No matter how down I am, this song can reach in and pull me back up.
I got some rocks in my shoes, fears I wish I could lose, that make the mountains so hard to climb
And my heart gets so heavy with the weight of the world sometimes
There`s a bag of regrets, my shoulda beens and not yets I keep on dragging around
And I can hardly wait for the day I get to lay it all down
Some days, my shoulda beens and not yets are almost enough to choke me. I have to remind myself to stay in the present, and not get weighted down by the past or frightened by the future. This life can be tough, so I need to keep my focus where it belongs: God is in charge, if I let can him be. If I follow, he will lead me home. Every time I manage to drag myself through another valley, or slog it up another mountain, I have the reward of an awesome view and the knowledge that I have achieved another stage of my life journey. When I allow God to be by my side, I know I can get there.
Cause our God has made a promise, and I know that everything he says is true
And I know wherever we go, he will never leave us, cause he`s gonna lead us home
Every single step of the long way home