Behind the Song:
Light of You
I was sitting at a table by myself at a comic-con when I wrote this one. I was feeling inspired by all the creativity around me, I don’t know about you but I find those atmospheres to be really motivating. There are a lot of comic book stories about light vs darkness, so perhaps I felt like writing that from a new perspective, and a bit more of a biblical one.
As humans, I think it’s very easy for us to feel lost. Regardless of whether you're a Christian or not, I think it’s a pretty relatable feeling. I wanted to write a song that described that feeling, but from my perspective as a believer. The song opens by talking about how scary it can feel being in the absence of light. In the middle of the night you can look up at the stars and be reminded that light still exists, but regardless of that it’s still dark at night. I think that’s sometimes how life feels when things are rough and we don’t know what’s going to happen next, or where we’re even going. We can know for certain that God is there, and that He loves us beyond comprehension, but there are times we don’t feel it or see it in the way we hoped to. During these moments in the dark, all we have to go off of is God's word and the hope we have in His promises.
The song’s chorus reminds us that God is our guiding light in whatever circumstance we find ourselves in. Philippians 4:11-13 says
"Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me."
Here the apostle Paul is saying that in living or in dying, in sickness or in health, when we know nothing at all, we are still held and guided by the hands of God.
The second verse describes that when we try to change our own circumstances apart from God, we only put ourselves in a more hopeless scenario. One of the lines in the second verse is
"Searchlight, I'm draining all your power. Fire, I guess I couldn't keep you burning."
I was trying to describe what it feels like to lack the strength and ability to control our circumstances. When we let go and wait on God’s timing, we can live freely in the midst of our struggle, but when we take matters into our own hands we miss the rest and peace in difficult times Christ gives to us.
For those of you who skipped to the bottom, I'll sum it up like this: Whether you're living or dying, in sickness or in health, when you're lost, hopeless, or afraid… there is hope, love, freedom, and peace in Jesus Christ. Even in the hardest of times.