The band was warming up in the sanctuary and I had a box full of decorations in my hands. We were getting ready for our very first conference with Planting Roots. Angela Kay began singing a song I’d never heard before. It was a song to gently reach into my heart, sweet as a caress that brought tears to my eyes. I set the box down, stopped what was doing, and began singing along, tears and all.
After the worship band finished I asked about the song. Turns out that Angela wrote the song and was sharing it with Planting Roots.
God has gifted Angela with songs that will stop you short and draw you in. I’m excited to have Angela share the story behind the title song of her debut CD and music video. Take a moment to enjoy the video before reading the story.
The story behind the song, Grand Design by Angela Lynn Kay
Ever since I can remember I struggled with who I was or who I wasn’t. I struggled with the thoughts that I was too much or not enough. I struggled to look in the mirror and actually like what I saw. This is the story the behind the song, Grand Design.
The song Grand Design is written from the heart of a woman who is beginning to understand the truth that she is God’s Grand Design. The song’s verses describe different mediums of art: a tapestry, a masterpiece, a symphony, and a dance.
Each form of art is unique in itself and the expressions by the artist in the application of each medium are numerous.
This is so true of our God. He is the Grand Designer who is molding and shaping and forming each of us. He is preparing us for eternity. Not one of us is the same…and we are fearfully and wonderfully made…in His Grand Design. We were made for His Glory.
We are priceless, peerless, instruments of praise…we are His glorious, unveiling the ancient of days. The song represents healing for me as I have begun to see that I am woven by design, one of a kind, painted with great love from His heart, uniquely composed, and that God has a plan that He is keeping me in time with His design.
A large part of the story of Grand Design is the longing to be seen the way God sees me. The longing to see what God sees when He looks at me. I desire to be who He created me to be. I want to be more like Him. Today, I rest in the truth that I am His and I am created in His image. I need the Lord’s daily help to become more like Him.
I know God created me with a purpose and that He is the Author and Perfector. I find peace in knowing He sees the real me. I am not a mistake, I have a purpose, and I am loved and accepted!
I continue to struggle to tune out the lies and replace them with the truth of God’s word. But yet again, the good news is that I am struggling…not resigned. Pressing into His Truth and who He says I am…
His words says…
- I am created in His image. Genesis 1:27
- I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14
- I am His workmanship. Ephesians 2:10
- I am loved with an everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3
The message of being God’s Grand Design isn’t just for me. It’s for everyone. I believe God has created each of us for a purpose. You are a masterpiece! And He is our Designer!
We’re His Grand Design!
~ Angela Lynn Kay
Angela currently resides in Rainbow City, Alabama along the banks of the Coosa River. She has begun taking private voice and instrument students and continues to perfect her craft as a songwriter. She recently attended a writing workshop with the industry expert, Judy Stakee. In addition to her songwriting and teaching, she continues to expand as a performance artist. She performs weekly as the lead singer for the ‘80’s rock cover band Redemption at regional venues. Her fans can expect her to get back into the recording studio in 2017.