This song was written by Bryan Fowler and Ryan Stevenson, and was recorded by Ryan Stevenson… included on his album, Fresh Start.
Producer and Songwriter, Bryan Fowler, was just 17 years old when he moved from his hometown of Richmond, VA to San Antonio, TX, to join the band, Abandon. Over the following years, Bryan co-wrote the band’s biggest Christian radio hits. After 4 years on and off the road, the band went separate ways and Bryan returned home. During that time, he began leading worship and writing songs for the church. In 2014, Bryan and his wife moved to Nashville, TN, to work alongside producer/writer Chris Stevens. Through this relationship with Stevens and Capitol CMG Publishing, Bryan began producing and writing for a wide variety of CCM’s biggest artists.
Ryan Dale Stevenson (born January 21, 1979) is an American Christian musician and guitarist, who primarily plays a contemporary Christian music and worship style of music. His sponsor is Gotee Records, owned by Christian music artist TobyMac. He’s had 5 songs chart on the Billboard charts.
Ryan grew up in Bonanza, OR. His parents raised him in church, exposing him to hymns of the gospel at an early age. He was given his first instrument, a guitar, at 18 years old. He attended Northwest Christian College, where he honed his musical talent, with a roommate of his, Paul Wright. They formed a small band, primarily focusing on acoustic music, and performing at local restaurants in and around Eugene, OR. Stevenson credits his mother as the one who fostered his musical skills while growing up, through her prayers and support, for his chosen profession. His mother died of bone cancer in 2009.
His professional music career began in 2003, but, his first release, an independent album, was not released until 2007. After 3 independent albums, this album – his first studio album – was released in 2015. It featured the 15-week #1 single “Eye of the Storm”.
Ryan is married to Kim. Stevenson was the worship minister at Vertical Church. Before his music career began, Stevenson had been a paramedic for 8 years.
I first heard this song by accident, trying to find – online – an old song Mark Heard sang by the same name. But, this is a great song with a great beat!
This song is a reminder that God is always in control… no matter what the raging storm around us might indicate.
Bible Reference… Psalm 23; 27:1; 46:1; 94:19; Isaiah 41:10; Luke 12:22-26; Philippians 4:6,7; Revelation 1:17
In the eye of the storm, You remain in control;
and in the middle of the war, You guard my soul.
You alone are the anchor when my sails are torn.
Your love surrounds me in the eye of the storm.
When the solid ground is falling out from underneath my feet,
between the black skies and my red eyes, I can barely see.
When I realize I’ve been sold out by my friends and my family,
I can feel the rain reminding me… (CHORUS)
Mmm, when my hopes and dreams are far from me and I’m runnin’ out of faith,
I see the future I picture slowly fade away.
And, when the tears of pain and heartache are pouring down my face,
I find my peace in Jesus’ name. (CHORUS)
When the test comes in and the doctor says, “I’ve only got a few months left”,
it’s like a bitter pill I’m swallowing; I can barely take a breath.
And when addiction steals my baby girl and there’s nothing I can do,
my only hope is to trust You. I trust You, Lord! (CHORUS)
When the storm is raging, and my hope is gone;
when my flesh is failing, You’re still holding on! (Repeat)
The Lord is my Shepherd; I have all that I need.
He let’s me rest in green meadows; He leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to His Name.
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid.
For You are close beside me.