Casting Crowns frontman Mark Hall wrote this song for his little girl, Meeka Hope, whom he and his wife Melanie adopted from China in 2010. The Halls were accompanied by the wife of singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman, Mary Beth, on their trip to China to pick up little Meeka. Steven and Mary Beth themselves have three daughters adopted from China, one of whom they later lost in a tragic accident. Mark Hall explained to New Release Tuesday how their introduction to Meeka Hope inspired this song: "We took all our kids and they got to play with their new sister, which was great. But Meeka Hope didn't want me to hold her. Most white men that Chinese orphans see are doctors coming to do surgery on them. She was petrified of me.
Only after a tearful session of pouring out my heart to God about Meeka Hope's refusal to come to me did I realize that I often had done the same thing to my Lord. It took several weeks before Meeka Hope warmed up to me, and in the process I came to the realization that I need Jesus way more than his blessings. We are so quick to run to him for what he can do for us. We're so slow just to sit with him and enjoy in his presence, and my crying out to him in China was really a God moment for me."
Hall wrote the song with Steven Curtis Chapman. He told New Release Tuesday: "The lyrics speak toward Meeka Hope, but the parallels of God reaching out to bring us home to him are evident throughout the song. We enjoy our relationship with God only because of how far Jesus was willing to go for us. To him be the glory."