Some songs are written start-to-finish in a matter of hours. Others take weeks before they’re done. Still, others take months.
AND THEN, THERE ARE SONGS LIKE LIGHT.
I knew Light had been in the works for a long time, but it wasn’t until a couple of weeks ago that I opened my songwriting app to see exactly where and when this song was born. Thanks to #technology, with just a click of a button I can see the date and the exact geographic location for the creation of every song in my app. When I clicked the button for Light, I was shocked.
The date was June 19, 2013. And the scene vividly came back to my mind. Just days earlier, I had stood on the stage at my college graduation, holding a diploma, looking out at familiar faces in the audience. Now, I stood on the roof of an apartment building in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, holding a guitar, looking out at a city I had never been to before. I remember the contrast between the scene in front of my eyes and that graduation scene–still so fresh in my memory–being difficult to wrap my mind around.
That summer I was in Mongolia with a group of college friends, working to plant a church in the capital city. We were fueled by this crazy idea,
“WHAT IF GOD COULD USE US TO BRING LIGHT TO A NATION HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD?”
And better yet, what if we could not just make a short-lived flash of an impact, but actually establish a long-term lighthouse that would outlive our short time there?
I wasn’t in Mongolia for very long before I realized the immense need for light. Human trafficking, idol worship, alcohol abuse, generational violence, extreme poverty and racism were just a few of the forms of darkness we encountered. There was so much need. So much brokenness. But the biggest darkness of all was the reality of thousands of Mongolians who had never heard the Gospel.
It was overwhelming.
Yet even in the darkness, I couldn’t shake the fact that God was present. I saw Him everywhere–and not only because of the incredible local believers we were with. I would talk to people who had never even heard the name of Jesus and witness an innate longing inside of them for the Gospel. As I heard people’s stories, I could see that God had been protecting them, wooing them and reaching out to them, whether they knew it or not.
This was where the song Light began from the truth of Psalm 139 that says, “If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.”
GOD WAS PRESENT EVEN IN THE DARKNESS.
But that truth in and of itself wasn’t enough for me. I knew that as long as shadows still covered the nations, I wouldn’t be satisfied. So I resolved that no matter what darkness I might encounter, I would stand on the truth that all darkness must give way–will give way–to light.
AntiochLIVE’s latest single, Light, is now available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and anywhere else music is available. Check it out today!
By Thomas Wilson – AntiochLIVE