by Cathy Baker

Few things have profoundly affected my life more than music, especially as a Christ follower. 

Its power comes as no surprise. Music was present at the time of creation
(Job 38:7) and it will be present once again when every creature sings
to the Lamb who was slain. (Rev. 5:13)

One musician, Michael Card, has left an indelible mark on my life, as well as many who’ve participated in Bible classes I’ve led over the years. He’s sometimes referred to as “a thinking man’s musician.” If you know his music, this comes as no surprise. 

Michael Card

One particular stanza in the song, “Joy in the Journey” has never failed to move me to tears. Not once. Perhaps it’s because I chased after happiness for years but captured only heartache. 

Forget not the hope that’s before you
And never stop counting the cost
Remember the hopelessness when you were lost?

It’s only when we can recall the hopelessness of our life without Christ that we can we truly rejoice. 

When joy rises to the surface and mingles with the music on our lips, a divinely infused fragrance of Christ invades the soul and cannot be contained. 

Joy in the Journey
-Michael Card
There is a joy in the journey
There’s a light we can love on the way
There is a wonder and wildness to life
And freedom for those who obey

And all those who seek it, shall find it
A pardon for all who believe
Hope for the hopeless and sight for the blind

To all who’ve been born of the Spirit
And who share incarnation with Him
Who belong to eternity, stranded in time
And weary of struggling with sin

Forget not the hope that’s before you
And never stop counting the cost
Remember the hopelessness when you were lost?

There is a joy in the journey
There’s a light we can love on the way
There is a wonder and wildness to life
And freedom for those who obey
And freedom for those who obey