This song was written and recorded by Chris Rice… included on his album, Smell The Color 9.
Chris Rice, a native of Clinton, MD, grew up as the second of four sons born to bookstore owners. His parents, and other adult mentors, influenced Rice’s Christian faith and his early work with youth and college students.
Having taken only three years of piano lessons as a child, Rice did not aspire to a career in either music or student work. But, frequent invitations to speak and lead music at his church’s youth group events led to more such invitations throughout his college years at the University of Maryland, Grace College in Winona Lake, IN, and Union University in Jackson, TN. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Communication. While leading music and coaching high school soccer teams, he began writing songs. What began as weekend and summer work with youth and college students soon turned into a full-time career during his twenties and thirties, and prompted Rice to write and perform mainly on the guitar.
For those two decades, Rice spent his time as an itinerant speaker and songwriter/musician, playing for high school and college conferences and camps nationwide. This schedule prepared Chris for his career as a signed recording artist.
I first heard this song while pastoring Lake City First Baptist (AR). His writing style is one that causes you to think deeply about things concerning God.
This song leads us to consider faith… and thinking deeper by thinking more simply.
Bible Reference… Matthew 14:22-36; Mark 6:45-56; John 6:15-21; 2Corinthians 5:7; Ephesians 2:8,9; Hebrews 11:1
Standing on the edge of the dock with the wind in our faces;
been watchin’ the waves roll in… and it feels like we’re sailing.
Now Russell chimes in with his youthful imagination:
“What if we saw Him there, walking out on the water?”
No time for splashing around in shallow theology;
He just invited us out into the deep simplicity.
And I’m sailing with Russell… chasing that heartbeat,
playing on sunshine, laughin’ with Heaven.
When I’m sailing with Russell, it’s like I’m walkin’ on the water,
and floatin’ in the freedom, and thankin’ the Savior.
Now a couple of years have gone by, filled with some crazy days;
been sailin’ our separate ways across the blue ocean.
But, the Good Wind brought us around and time made us older,
but not on the inside; we’re still talkin’ bout sailin’.
Catchin’ the wind from the good times, fillin’ our sails with the memories;
feelin’ the tide carry us back out to the deep simplicity. (CHORUS)