This is the debut single from Hillary Scott & The Scott Family's faith-based album Love Remains. The group comprises Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, her parents Linda Davis and her little sister Rylee Scott. Bluegrass legend Ricky Scaggs produced all the songs on the set.
Hillary Scott explained the story behind the song: "That song is about questioning God, and that it's okay to do that, but to know that ultimately his plan is what's best. And when I think about the things that have happened in my life, you don't fully, one hundred percent, with all of your being, appreciate blessings, unless you have gone through struggle. And like the song says, like 'you are God, and I am not. You see the big picture…and I believe that, but I'm not gonna lie to you that this really… is hard.' This is a real, hard thing to walk through and I need you to help me."
"It's that big ask of 'Why God? But I wouldn't have written this song if I hadn't gone through it, and I think that I want, other people to hear my story and know that you can keep stepping every day, you can breathing you can keep living and never forgetting and never getting over what happened but you can keep living in the midst of it. And so that's what this song is. This song is hopefully giving people the freedom to know that it's okay to question, but don't forget that, He's for you, He hears you, He sees you, and ultimately it won't be for not."
Hillary Scott went through a miscarriage of her second pregnancy in the fall of 2015. Speaking on Good Morning America, the Lady Antebellum singer said she wrote this song in the midst of "experiencing everything that comes with a miscarriage. So it was my most raw place that I could've ever been when this song truly poured out of me."
Scott expanded on the song's meaning:
"It's about feeling like it was time to have another baby and then we get pregnant, and we're excited all to find out that it's not meant to be right now. And that it wasn't right and it wasn't the right time. And, so that's what this story is for me. It's asking God, like, 'I felt like this was what you were telling us to do, and then all for it to be taken away, but I trust you. I have to trust you and like the song says, like 'you are God, and I am not. Like, you see the big picture, and I believe that, but I'm not gonna lie to you that this really is hard. This is a real, hard thing to walk through and I need you to help me and thank you for an amazing husband, and a daughter to wake up for every day, you know, all of those things that keep you going.'
But that's what this song is, and I think I want other people to hear my story and know that you can keep stepping every day, you can breathing you can keep living and never forgetting and never getting over what happened, but you can keep living in the midst of it. And so that's what this song is. This song is hopefully giving people the freedom to know that it's okay to question, but don't forget that He is really, He is for you. He hears you. He sees you, and ultimately it won't be for naught."
Hillary Scott's husband, Chris Tyrrell, and daughter Eisele both make appearances in the video, making it a family affair.
The clip shows Scott grappling with her faith. The singer said the visual, "really is about just your inner struggle with the things you hold onto and are afraid to let go of, things that, maybe they're difficult things that you've been through and it's just hard to move past them."
"The whole concept is I'm going through this video, going over a little bit of time, like a few days where the days I'm kind of wandering around and having this conversation with God and really talking to him honestly about untying these knots, these knots that represent struggle and difficult things I've been through. I'm untying them during the day, and then nightfall comes, and I tie them all back," Scott continued. "It's like when things get quiet, and I know for me, when I stay up too late, my mind starts wandering and it never leads to good things. It's easy to get really kind of stuck in some negative, and that's what this video really shows."
Scott explained the "You're God and I'm not" lyric to Billboard magazine: "It took a lot to get to that place, but when you finally get there, there's a lot of freedom in that tipping point," she said. "It's a turning over of all of your circumstances to God. You can't see it, but there's so much that He was carrying for me."
The song topped Billboard's Hot Christian Singles chart.
This won for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song at the Grammy Awards in 2017.