The Story Behind: God Will Make A Way
The American Pastor, singer, songwriter and producer of Christian worship music, Donald James Don Moen was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on 29 June, 1950. He grew up in Minneapolis and left for Tulsa, Oklahoma, after high school to study at Oral Roberts University; he graduated with a degree in music in the year 1972.
His excellent singing abilities caught the attention of many who encouraged him to join worship groups; he joined Terry Law’s worship team called the Living Sound. He rose to be president while working with Integrity Media. He worked for over twenty years with the media before forming ‘The Don Moen Company’ in December 2007.
The gospel icon has been married since 1973, to his wife Laura Moen. The union is blessed with five children Melissa, James, John, Rachel and Michael Moen. He has blessed us with over 40 albums since the 1980s, with songs packed with power. One of his songs that has reached the four corners of the earth, received many awards from around the globe and touched lives in multiple ways spread across several dimensions ‘God Will Make A Way’ is the focal point in this article. He narrated the inspiration behind the song:
“When I wrote the song ‘God Will Make A Way’, I wrote it for a tragic situation in my family, my wife’s sister and husband where travelling with their family on the way to Colorado to have a Ski vacation, their van was broad sided by an eighteen wheeler. All four of the boys were thrown out of the van and three were seriously injured, but Jeremy the oldest was killed instantly.
When I heard that news, I can’t tell you how helpless I felt, all the words that came to my mouth to say to Susan and Craig that day seemed to fall short of what l really wanted to say. All the scriptures that came to my mind didn’t seem to be the right ones. I had to get on an airplane the next day and I read Isaiah 43: About how God will make a way, a roadway in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Verse 18-19 says don’t remember the former things, behold I will do something new and it will spring forth, I will make a roadway in the wilderness and rivers in the desert .
As I was sitting on the plane, I asked God to give me something to say to them at the funeral, something that will give them hope in a hopeless situation and that moment, God gave me a simple song which has become one of my most well-known songs
‘God will make a way,
Where there seems to be no way,
He works in ways we cannot see,
He will make a way for me’.
I know that, that one phrase is a phrase God gave me to say to Susan and Craig that day, ‘He works in ways we cannot see’ maybe you need to hear that same phrase too. This song was written in a desperate situation but it is not a song of desperation, it is a song of declaration ‘God Will Make A Way’. He will make a way for you today, no matter what you are going through, you just have to believe that even though your bank account many not look good, the doctors report may not sound good, God is still working in ways you cannot see and He is still able to make a way where there seems to be no way.”
Who would have thought that a simple song according to him would make such impact in the world?