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"Dive"
by Steven Curtis Chapman

Album: Speechless
Artist Info: Discography
Song Clip: Real Audio

The long awaited rains
Have fallen hard upon the thirsty ground
And carved their way to where
The wild and rushing river can be found
And like the rains
I have been carried here to where the river flows, yeah
My heart is racing and my knees are weak
As I walk to the edge
I know there is no turning back
Once my feet have left the ledge
And in the rush I hear a voice
That's telling me it's time to take the leap of faith, So here I go

I'm diving in, I'm going deep in over my head, I want to be
Caught in the rush, lost in the flow, in over my head, I want to go
The river's deep, the river's wide, the river's water is alive
So sink or swim, I'm diving in

There is a supernatural power
In this mighty river's flow
It can bring the dead to life
And it can fill an empty soul
And give a heart the only thing
Worth living and worth dying for, yeah
But we will never know the awesome power Of the grace of God
Until we let ourselves get swept away into this holy flood
So if you'll take my hand
We'll close our eyes and count to three
And take the leap of faith
Come on let's go

 

Steven Curtis Chapman's comment on the song: This was inspired by a story Pastor Scotty Smith told during one of his sermons. He had an awesome fishing trip with fellow Pastor Scott Roley. They had gone trout fishing and found a stream that produced a day of fishing that was a dream come true. They were standing chest deep in this stream catching trout left and right and at the day's end had caught 200 fish. It was just unbelievable. He said the interesting thing was all the people standing on the shore watching them. Nobody was catching fish from the shore because you had to be out in the deep water where the fish were. Scotty related this story to the Christian life by saying it's not a spectator sport, it's not something we just sit on the side, we've got to get deep into the living water to experience what it is. It's dangerous, it's scary, it's frightening and it's all those things but that's where we are called to live our lives. I took that analogy and said I want to write that somehow and I started working on the song Dive. From there I began to think about how my kids and I go to Camp Kanacut every summer. We usually try to spend a couple of days afterwards going to Tablerock Lake and we climb up on the cliffs and jump off. We don't actually dive; we're not brave enough to do that yet. That whole experience is so much like what it is to follow Jesus Christ. If we're really going to do it and really dive in deep to what it means to get lost and lose ourselves in the flow of the living water. It's a scary thing, you stand there with your knees knocking, you're excited, you're speechless and you almost can't catch your breath. Your heart's racing and you know once you take that step there isn't any turning back. It's not like the cartoons where you can run in mid air and come back to the ledge. You know you're committed and once you hit the water and go deep in the water you experience that sense of "Yes! I did it, I'm in!" All of those emotions and experiences are what I wanted to capture in this song.

 

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