In this song Underwood sings about her Christian belief that "life on this Earth is just passing through" and heaven is the final destination. She co-penned the song with Zac Maloy and Luke Laird. It was the first time that combination of songwriters had worked together though Lard previously co -wrote Underwood's hit singles, "So Small
" and "Last Name
." The trio spent a two-day writing session and on the second day Underwood came in with an idea she wanted to explore with her two co-writers. Laird recalled to USA Today
: "She had the whole thing mapped out. She had the title, knew basically what she wanted each verse to say. She didn't have anything actually written down, but that made a huge difference. Most songs, even when I'm writing with other writers, we don't have them that mapped out, so we're just filling in the pieces. But she really knew what she wanted to say."
Zac Maloy explained in an interview with ASCAP
: "Carrie had had this thought that, I believe, she read about in a book that life is a temporary home. I think it’s an amazing song and feel pretty proud to be a part of the writing process for a song like that. I hear so many people talk about how they were so touched by it. I had messages on my e-mail, Facebook and Twitter saying, 'This song helped me get through something traumatic.' I think the song is great and is a beautiful three-part story about how [everything is] OK; this is just temporary, and you’ll get through it."