#1024 - "The Sun Will Rise Again" by Becca Bradley
The upcoming artist shares the story behind her new song

Posted: June 18, 2020 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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Becca Bradley is on a journey of faith, following the Lord’s calling on her life. Living in Nashville, Tennessee, Becca is a graduate of Belmont University. She's been a member of Francesca Battistelli’s and Big Daddy Weave’s bands. However, her whirlwind schedule has not deterred her from pursuing her own musical dreams. By the age of eight, cello became her primary instrument.

Though she excelled in multiple classical groups, Becca soon found that classical music was not an effective outlet for her creativity. It wasn’t until her freshman year of college that she took her first songwriting class.

“The songs I wrote for my class were terrible,” Becca laughed. “I had no idea what I was doing, but I loved it. I was finally able to do something with the creativity God had given me, and I knew that I had found my calling.”
Becca independently released her full-length album, Heaven Come Down.  Featuring Becca's bright pop vocal style reminiscent of Leigh Nash, and her signature gifting as an accomplished cellist, her songs and voice are infused with remarkable emotional range and a thematic message throughout her album that points to a Jesus who is undeniably compelling to those first hearing the gospel. 

For Becca, the songwriting process always begins with prayer. Each song carries a message of passionate worship and relationship, both in her lyrics and her melodies. I had the chance to speak with Becca about her song, “The Sun Will Rise Again.”

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

It’s funny how the Lord gives us songs that are for us. As songwriters, people look at artists and comment about how the Lord gives us songs to bless other people, and He absolutely does that. He also gives me the words that I need to hear in certain seasons.

I wrote “The Sun Will Rise Again” a couple of years ago. I wasn’t going through a hard season when I wrote it. I wrote the piece by myself, and rather quickly. It was one of those songs that came out easily and naturally. For me, I observe God so much through nature. That’s one of the ways that helps me reconnect my head and my heart and my faith in God. I observe so many patterns in nature and how everything comes in waves and in seasons. 
When you look at the seasons throughout the year, they are constantly moving and changing. When you look at the cycles of day and night, there are ebbs and flows. I see that so much in the seasons of our lives. Anytime I’ve been in a cold, hard, dark season, it doesn’t last forever. The same is true in nature.

The winter, as cold as it might be, always turns into spring. The night, as dark as it might be, always turns into morning. The sun rises every morning. That’s where this song came from. Anytime I’ve been in one of those dark seasons, I’ve survived it. And, I can look back on those times and remember that it didn’t last forever.
Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NIV): “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”
Matthew 6:31-34 (VOICE): "So do not consume yourselves with questions: What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear? Outsiders make themselves frantic over such questions; they don't realize that your heavenly Father knows exactly what you need.  Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and then all these things will be given to you too. So do not worry about tomorrow. Let tomorrow worry about itself, living faithfully is a large enough task for today."

Psalm 91:1-2 (NKJV): "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust."

Psalm 46:1 (NIV): "The Lord is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble."
Deuteronomy 31:6 (NKJV): "Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you."
Hosea 6:3 (NIV): “Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge Him. As surely as the sun rises, He will appear; He will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.”
Lamentations 3:22-23 (NKJV): “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”
What is the takeaway message?

After I wrote the song, I ended up going through some challenging moments in my own life. And, I’ve needed this song in that season. This coronavirus pandemic has been a dark season for all of us. It’s interesting to see how the Lord can now use something I wrote a couple of years ago to hopefully be an encouragement to other people.

The takeaway for me in that Ecclesiastes 3 passage is that what is happening now has happened before. The things that tend to stress us out and divert our attention from the Lord are the same things that people were stressed out about thousands of years ago. What we're going through right now is something that people have gone through in the past. God is our provider. Our provisions don’t come from our hard work. Ultimately, our provisions come from God.

The winter always melts into springtime 
The darkness always fades into light
The very same wind that blows the storm in
Will sweep the blackest clouds from the sky
And when all is said and done
Hope will rise upon the dawn of a new day
Just as quickly as it came
Dark will scatter as the morning breaks
There’s never been a hill without a valley
There’s never been a day without a night
Our shadows are the proof of the sunshine
Our pain reminds us we’re still alive
And when all is said and done
Hope will rise upon the dawn of a new day
Just as quickly as it came
Dark will scatter as the morning breaks
The sun will rise again
The night will come to an end
And when all is said and done
Hope will rise upon the dawn of a new day
Just as quickly as it came
Dark will scatter as the morning breaks
Closing Thoughts

“The Sun Will Rise Again” challenges me to think about what I’m allowing to rule my heart instead of giving myself completely to God. Becca is clearly in love with Jesus. How these songs on her album, Heaven Come Down, convey her relationship with our Lord and Savior is truly inspiring and convicting. This song stirs my heart and increases my convictions to grow closer to God during my worship and devotional time. 
This song is a beautiful prayer to Jesus. There is great comfort in knowing Jesus and being known by Him in every detail of our lives. As we follow God, we know that we can trust His Word. We're all a work in progress. Have faith and let God work all things together for good. Spend time with God and let Him redeem and restore you. We're not at the end of our story. God's still writing our stories of redemption.
More than just intellectual assent, God wants to be at the center of our heart's desires. We change our minds quickly, but our hearts are more devoted. God can do immeasurably more than anything and everything one can ask or even imagine, and this song is a true celebration of the great biblical truth of "Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us" from Ephesians 3:20.
Whatever your circumstances, you can celebrate that truth. You may be going through one of the toughest seasons of your life, but "no human mind can conceive all the things that God has prepared for those who love Him" (1 Corinthians 2:9). I sing this song to God in my daily worship and devotional time, bowing my heart to Him. As we have been facing this coronavirus, the idea of God’s mercies being new every morning and the sun will rise again is a constant reminder of God’s faithfulness in the storms of life.
There are several truths we can cling to in this song's lyrics. I was immediately hooked by its emotional and prayerful tone. God is full of compassion, and His mercies are new every morning. Join in with Becca as she prays, “And when all is said and done/Hope will rise upon the dawn of a new day/Just as quickly as it came/Dark will scatter as the morning breaks.” Amen to that.

NRT Lead Contributor Kevin Davis is a longtime fan of Christian music, an avid music collector and credits the message of Christian music for leading him to Christ. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.

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