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Tom READ, JAMIE THOMSON AND JESS APPLETON
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Tom Read (Guitar and Vocals), Lauren Harris (Keys and Vocals), Danny Aanderud (Percussion)
Recorded by: Matt Fury, Jamie Thomson and Tom Read
Mixed by: Steve Evans. Filming: pedestrianmedia.com
CCLI No. 7045383
..AND IN THE WILDERNESS, WHERE YOU HAVE SEEN HOW THE LORD YOUR GOD CARRIED YOU, AS A MAN CARRIES HIS SON, ALL THE WAY THAT YOU WENT UNTIL YOU CAME TO THIS PLACE.’ (DEUT 1:31)
I'd been reflecting on the story of the people of God in the Old Testament with their constant wandering away from the purposes and plans of God. While reading these passages I was amazed at how God relentlessly pursues His people and still does that with us today. I started playing around with some ideas, and then, on hearing a sermon on the Father heart of God, I knew I needed to write about it.
I have a strong memory from when I was about 4 years old, we were driving home from somewhere and it was getting dark and I fell asleep in the backseat of the car. The next thing I remember is waking up in my bed in the morning with my pyjamas on. As a child, I didn’t think twice about how I had gotten from the car to bed, or how I was in my pyjamas; all I knew was that my parents would take care of me. This was the picture that came to my mind the day Jamie and I started exploring this song and it progressed pretty quickly. A few weeks later, a bridge idea that Jamie and Jess had been working on finished the song perfectly.
We all have those times in our lives and our faith journey where we wander, or we feel anxious and perhaps even lost. It’s in those times that we need to know and trust that our Father is faithful, and he will carry us and never let us go.