Bless The Broken Road

Although I am in band and therefore am obligated to listen to music almost everyday, the amount of time I spend listening to music outside of this is oddly little. When I do listen to music such as in band class or for practice, there is no lyrics; therefore, it was more difficult for  me to decide which song I was going to use for this blog. After some time of brainstorming and contemplating, there were a few I narrowed down and picked Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts. Not only are the lyrics ear catching, but so is the rhythm, and the combination of the two is all together mesmerizing.

This song especially fits the part of my life I am currently in: transitioning from high school to college. I don’t want to take the wrong path, pick the wrong college, or get caught in the wrong crowd. However, it is usually difficult to decide which one of these decisions will be right or wrong. No matter which path I take there is no such thing as a “smooth” path similar to the broken road. Most certainly, if I trust and pray about my future path, then mine will be blessed just like the one in the song. Just like incidents where every little dent and curve in the road lead to the ultimate destination, an outcome could be completely different if one little factor does not exist.  In the line, “And others who broke my heart they were like northern stars | Pointing me on my way into your loving arms,” if he had ignored those who broke his heart, he would not have found his determination for the song.  This reminds me of challenges that happen on a road and each challenge makes the final outcome more rewarding. Speaking of challenges and roads, this also reminds me of Foster’s quest, now that I think about it…

Certain grades from my youth group take a trip every year called the Mystery Trip and it is exactly what it sounds like: a group of youth who go somewhere in Texas for a weekend but they don’t know where they are going until they arrive. The goal of this exercise to trust God even though you have no idea where He is leading you. To me, this sounds like a life exercise, because essentially everyday we have to make decisions and we will not always know the outcome until we have walked the entire distance.

I also have a personal connect to this song and every time I hear it I am taken back to my grandparent’s 50th anniversary. The song, however, does not remind me of the party itself. During the party a chronological video of my grandparent’s life was displayed and during my grandpa’s childhood this particular song was played. The image of his growth and memories in addition to the song’s compelling tune and words nearly puts me in tears just because it is simply majestic, peaceful and hopeful. We will all take a broken road in our lives, I just hope we will choose the blessed one.
link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Do32g82qilk

I set out on a narrow way many years ago
Hoping I would find true love along the broken road
But I got lost a time or two
Wiped my brow and kept pushing through

I couldn’t see how every sign pointed straight to you
That every long lost dream lead me to where you are
Others who broke my heart, they were like northern stars
Pointing me on my way into your loving arms

This much I know is true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you
Yes it did

I think about the years I spent just passing through
I’d like to have the time I lost and give it back to you
But you just smile and take my hand
You’ve been there you understand
It’s all part of a grander plan that is coming true

Every long lost dream led me to where you are
And others who broke my heart they were like northern stars
Pointing me on my way into your loving arms
This much I know it’s true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you
Yeah

And now I’m rolling home
Into my lover’s arms
This much I know is true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you

That God blessed the broken road
Ooh, ooh
That led me straight to you

Songwriters: HUMMON, MARCUS / BOYD, ROBERT E. / HANNA, JEFF
Singer: Rascal Flatts

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6 thoughts on “Bless The Broken Road

  1. I also like this song and enjoy it. I also liked your response and thought it was very interesting. I think the song is very fitting for us high school seniors that are about to start our path to adulthood, whether we like it or not, and are unsure about where the path may lead us.

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  3. Oh My Gosh! My song blog post was extremely similar to yours! I don’t know if you have any siblings, but if you do, it might be helpful to listen to “Brother” by Needtobreathe. Anyways, I totally can relate to your struggle with the transition from high school to college (in my blog post, I referred to it as a transition from childhood to adulthood… lol). It is an extremely stressful time, one that I had previously looked forward to, however, I am now wishing I had more time. But like you said, God will always be with us. While we may have trouble making decisions, He will always watch over us and make sure we are safe. Don’t forget that! (I sometimes get caught up and forget that our life is not at all about the earthly things we obsess over.) I hope your college search and college experience is awesome… and blessed. I will be praying for you!!

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