Great stories tend to contain three acts that carry the narrative from start to finish. Ingredients such as a captivating plot, creative characters, a tension-filled conflict, and finally a proper resolution are all integral to the storyline as well. Rush Of Fools' story, Act 1, begins after forming in 2005 when they began traveling as a simple worship band and writing songs together. Something that had started out as a hobby quickly expanded into a long-term mission and calling, which led them to record an album of songs in 2007. Shortly thereafter, they started hearing their song Undo on radio stations everywhere. Quickly, their very part-time career evolved into a full national touring schedule right before their eyes.
Act 2: After Undo, the band found themselves with opportunities they never could have imagined. What would follow over the next several years not only makes for a great plot twist to a seemingly valiant story, but also would truly be some of the most difficult years of their lives, both personally and professionally. From losing label deals to loved ones, what had started as a storybook beginning soon began to feel like what could be the harrowing final chapter. There were days where the band honestly didn’t know how God would carry them forward, and in those times it’s easy to just want to lay the dream down and move on. But over time, Rush Of Fools experienced years of great favor from God and saw His Kingdom continue to build even when they ourselves felt as if they were in complete chaos and calamity. Through it all, the band learned to trust more in His sovereignty, believing that this was the plan, unfolding as He saw fit.
Act 3: For most artists and especially songwriters, it’s during the hard seasons when some of the most hopeful and encouraging songs are born. As a band, Rush Of Fools began writing new songs, reflecting the journeys they had recently experienced, and it felt like starting all over again, in an amazing way. They partnered with a new record label (Essential Records) to help carry these new songs to the world. Now, the band says, they feel they are at the beginning of not just a new season, but also a new outlook. They now know, more than ever, that God carried them then, and God will carry them now, which led to the title of their 2014 album, Carry Us Now.
The songs on Carry Us Now illustrate their journey through the seasons of mourning and celebration. The band's first single, Held In Your Hands, reveals their hearts when they sing, “I know, Jesus, I can trust You, I know in all things You are good.” It reminds the listener of the providence of God and how in every walk of life, and through every passing hour, the hand of God is at work. The song Your Will Be Done, which simply cries out, “Lord, don’t delay, come have Your way, my hope is You,” has been a serious prayer for Rush Of Fools, even though they can all admit it’s hard to actually pray those words when you’re in the middle of stress and turmoil. Another song that has been a source of hope is Take Me Over, which contains lines like, “…come flood the fallow ground, come now and make it beautiful…let it rain down on me…there’s love like an ocean…take me over.” As they travel and hear others’ stories, the band members find that some people are in a desert place and their prayer is simply for God to flood their life with hope so they can grow and feel alive again. It’s through that hope that all of us are reminded that we’re victorious and redeemed. Their song Power In The Blood celebrates that victory and reminds us that, “There’s power to save, there’s power to heal, power that gives us strength to stand, power to cleanse and redeem, in the precious blood of the Lamb.” It’s this redemption that empowers and encourages Rush Of Fools to continue as a band.
Rush Of Fools' story isn’t over; it will continue to be molded and shaped. They remark, "As we look forward, we remember this lyric: '…all our yesterdays and all of our tomorrows are held in Your hand.' We’ve experienced it firsthand. It's Jesus that carries us, and becomes the Hero of our story. The hands of Jesus that carried the cross to His death are the very hands that carry us now. And that’s the story we live to tell."