Climb to the Sky is my brand new album release. Click the play button above to enjoy a sample as you read. To listen to all 12 tracks visit the Climb to the Sky album page. Also, I hope you will pause to enjoy the new Climb to the Sky Music Video.
What are some ways you like to “climb to the sky” in life? Today as an adult? When you were a child?
Several weeks ago I posted Climb to the Sky – Part 1, so if you would like to read this first you can click here. Since writing this title track song in February 2016, I have been meditating on Psalm 139:8 “If I climb to the sky you’re there…” This verse is rooted in the opening words of this Psalm, “God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. I’m an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking. You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of your sight.”
Before performing this piece as the closing number for that Atlanta release concert, I shared with the audience some of the “broken stories” from my life. About how I stuttered when I was five years old, and this made me very shy. How I had to get glasses when I was ten years old, and didn’t wear them until I was thirteen (but could still make a lot of basketball shots without them). How a sixth grade “girl friend” broke up with me because I had not kissed her. And how for many years I was striving to succeed and meet people’s expectations for my life, through my college and early career years.
Then I shared how we are all on a “climb to the sky” in life. As children, this could have been climbing trees, flying a kite, or looking out an airplane window for the first time. As adults, this can also come from life experiences we enjoy, but for me, my “climb” is founded on a perspective that life is an “adventure to live” instead of a “problem to solve” (credit to John Elredge from his book Wild at Heart). This is some of the wonder and awe found in Psalm 139. The entire Psalm is definitely worth a read.
As you hear the piano “climbing” with the chorus notes, join me in remembering to keep alive your child-like, to give thanks for life’s many blessings, and to embrace the adventure God has in store for you, by faith. He loves us and knows us more than we can comprehend.
How does the music of “Climb to the Sky” speak to you?