Randy Houser - "In God's Time"
By: Matt Bjorke
In modern music culture it seems that all the talent some people need are to have a good look or fortune (misfortune?) to have a viral hit to become stars. In the ‘olden days’ artists had to be able to not only deliver the goods in a studio environment but also in a live atmosphere in order to be successful. In modern country music it seems that louder and rockier or hookier and ‘popier’ are the adjectives that best describe a majority of the hits so it’s always heartening when fantastic songs like “The House That Built Me” make a dent on the charts. It allows room for a true singer’s singer like Randy Houser to send out a fantastic song like “In God’s Time” to radio for immediate airplay.
Written by Randy Houser with David Lee Murphy and Shane Minor, “In God’s Time” is the kind of soul-stirring ballad that used to be a staple of country music. Instead of an overblown, dramatic production that rivals the powerful vocal from Randy Houser, what we get is a song that has subtle B-3 and swelling steel guitars (and a solo!) along with somber acoustic and electric guitars allowing the lyrics to be front and center along with Randy Houser’s stellar vocal. Lyrically, the song talks about how what we want isn’t what we always get and sometimes it doesn’t happen when we want it to, if ever. In a way the song is refuting the “God Is My Co-Pilot” bumper stickers and instead giving up and letting God lead the way in his life:
“No one knows, not you or me, it might be tomorrow or it might never be, but don’t lose faith, put it in his hands, cause it might be that he has a bigger plan, oh, miracles happen…In God’s Time.”
This is the kind of musical masterpiece that award shows love to showcase and give awards to and if “The House That Built Me” can sneak in and became a super smash hit while also making its singer (Miranda Lambert) a genuine superstar, here’s hoping that “In God’s Time” becomes Randy Houser’s star-making single. He’s such a fantastic artist that it’d be a shame for his music to never get the wide exposure it so deserves.
Video: "In God's Time" (acoustic)
Lyrics: "In God's Time"