No one sings the truth of God’s Word quite like our dear friend, Ellie Holcomb. Besides being a faithful “She” and fellow Nashvillian, Ellie is also a Dove award-winning singer-songwriter whose last record, As Sure As The Sun, quickly became an SRT community favorite.
We are thrilled to announce Ellie’s brand new record, Red Sea Road, releasing THIS Friday, January 27! Red Sea Road has all the elements we’ve come to expect and love from Ellie, plus some delightful surprises. Truth-filled lyrics, anthem-worthy melodies, and honest stories of struggle and hope—it’s all there in these songs, and we just can’t stop listening!
For the next 48 hours, you can stream the title track of Red Sea Road FREE, exclusively on the She Reads Truth app. So hurry—click over to the app (or download it free here), tap “Music” in the menu, and be the first to hear this beautiful song.
Now, here’s Ellie, to tell you all about the inspiration and Scripture behind the song, “Red Sea Road.”
“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
- Exodus 14:14
I’m not sure what the past two years have been like for you and your community, but the past two years for our community have been heartbreaking.
“Red Sea Road” is one of those songs that I had to write because I needed to sing what was true. I remember sitting down with my dear friends and co-writers, Christa Wells and Nicole Witt. I cried my way through catching them up on the year. The tears were for the pain and struggle and loss we were walking through with several close friends, but they were also for the way I kept being surprised by God’s faithfulness to draw near to our breaking hearts—to make a way for us to carry on, even when the grief and pain felt unbearable.
I told Christa and Nicole about our friends who carried to full-term a precious baby boy they knew would have a very small chance of living due to a rare genetic disorder. I told them about how our friends never got to bring Blake home from the hospital because they lost him the day after he was born.
I told them about another precious family who had been struggling through infertility for two years when they were asked to consider a private adoption. They were moving forward in that process, thinking that this might be God’s way of bringing healing to the pain of infertility, when the birth mother tragically lost the baby boy at 29 weeks, before they ever got to hold little Judah in their arms.
As this friend packed up a box of gifts that people had given them for the baby they never got to hold, it felt to her like packing up a box of broken dreams. She came across one little pair of shoes that had been given to her as they were walking through infertility, and the shoes had a note attached to them that said this: “A faith statement to remember: You have a team of support behind you. Sometimes it takes a village to see a dream fulfilled. “ As she laid those shoes on top of the other things in that box of broken dreams, she felt like God spoke to her:
“I didn’t tell you to pack away your hope.”
She took a deep breath, and with tears streaming down her face, she lifted those little shoes out of a box of shattered dreams. In the wake of all the grief, God was gently reminding her that Hope doesn’t belong in a box. Hope rises up from an empty grave. Hope helps us stare into the face of everything we’ve lost and every pain we’ve endured and every pain we’ve caused, and it says, “There’s more than this. Healing is ahead.”
Christa and Nicole listened, tears streaming down their faces. I didn’t have answers and I couldn’t make the pain go away, but I did feel confronted with a choice that night. I could choose to despair, or I could choose to hold onto hope. I was seeing God draw near to our breaking hearts, but everything was so broken and sad, and the grief was overwhelming. I needed to write a song that would help me choose hope, a song that would help me choose to believe that “healing is ahead.”
When the Israelites had an army behind them and the ocean in front of them, an impossible situation, God said this through Moses in Exodus 14:14: “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” And He opened up the Red Sea, making a way where there is no way.
I don’t know about you, but if I were there with the Israelites, I’d have thought, “Imminent death is behind me, and I’m definitely going to die if I stay here. But trusting God and walking through the middle of an ocean is terrifying and may kill me too.” It is so scary and so hard to take God at His word some days, especially when you feel that grief will crash over you like the waves of an ocean, swallowing you whole.
So we wrote this song to remind our souls that God is with us. He is faithful. He goes before us. He goes behind us. He fights for us. We can trust that He will bring us through even the most unbearable moments because God is in the business of making a way when there is no way.
Christa was the one who mentioned this beautiful blog post by one of our friends and favorite authors, Ann Voskamp. We read through that post together and marveled at the beautiful story Ann was telling about God making a way. She said it like this: “…we believe that an unseen Hope makes a Red Sea Road when there seems to be no way.” That is exactly what I was seeing God do for me, and for our community, so we wrote “Red Sea Road” to remind ourselves that we have good reason to hope.
We will sing to our souls
We won’t bury our hope
Where He leads us to go, there’s a Red Sea Road
When we can’t see the way, He will part the waves
And we’ll never walk alone down a Red Sea Road
My prayer for this song is that it might help give you eyes to see God making a way for you to hope, to sing, to carry on—even when the way ahead seems daunting. I don’t know when the suffering will end, but I do know that God is with you in the middle of it all. There will be healing and restoration one day, whether on this side of Glory or the next.
We don’t have to bury our hope—because He was already buried for us, and Hope Himself walked out of the grave.
written by Ellie Holcomb