‘The Blessing’ Singer Kari Jobe on Pursuing What’s Next: ‘Is This a Good Idea or a God Idea?’
By Movieguide® Contributor
With the Covid-19 pandemic settling down and life resuming normalcy, Kari Jobe is ready to hit the road to bring her worship tour around the country after a two-year hiatus.
“I’m thankful we can all be together again,” Jobe said of the upcoming tour.
She and her husband, Cody Carnes, are heading out on a 13-city tour with Elevation Worship, hitting places like San Antonio, Knoxville, and Philadelphia, before finishing at Radio City Hall in New York City.
Even though she and Carnes are excited to spread their music, they will miss their two sons at home.
“[Negotiating life’s responsibilities is] a daily thing,” she explained. “We’re so thankful for the Holy Spirit and just thankful for being able to hear the Lord’s voice and just navigating, ‘God, where do we give our yes? Where do we give our no? How do we parent and be married and be artists and serve in our church?’ I don’t know if we’ll ever have the answer, but we kind of go season-by-season with it.”
To help make the decision, she said she and her husband adopted a practice they learned from friends and fellow musicians Jonathan David and Melissa Helser: asking God what he was inviting them to do, and if it was the right time for the invitation.
“Cody and I really adopted that, [asking], ‘Lord, are you inviting us into this tour? Are you inviting us into this event or this album or — you know, is this just a good idea or is this a God idea?’” Jobe explained. “That’s been really helpful for us to discern, just inviting the Lord into it and having Him tell us.”
This is the first time Jobe and Carnes can perform their hit “The Blessing” with Elevation Worship on tour.
Jobe previously opened up about how the song ministered to people during the pandemic:
“We wrote the song in late February 2020. For us, this song came from the things we’d heard all our lives in the church, specifically, a section of [The Book of] Numbers 6, which says ‘The Lord bless you and keep you…’ This is an age-old blessing from God over the people. This song came out of our desire to write about this passage,” Jobe said.
“As we wrote the first verse, the bridge just started to happen, and we wrote about some of God’s blessings. And the truths we said just became lyrics. Sometimes, I almost felt like we didn’t write it. I felt like we were just a part of it [being written].”
However, Jobe, her husband Cody Carnes, and Elevation Worship had no idea how relevant “The Blessing” would be for people struggling during 2020.
“We felt this song was special and that we needed to get it out quickly, but we didn’t understand why. It’s hard to get something like this out fast, but we worked hard and released the song on March 6th on YouTube. The following Friday, the pandemic [shutdown] hit America,” Jobe recalled. “Then we understood why we felt so compelled to get it out.”
Even as the song comforts millions of people, Jobe said the song also ministered to her heart.
“In my toughest moments during this, when I’m tired or sad or anxious, I’ve whispered the words to myself. I’ve used it as a prayer. I’ve sung it while rocking my baby son to sleep. Even when I don’t feel it, this song has reminded me that God is there for me,” Jobe said.
Jobe also shared her favorite lines from the song, which discuss God’s steadiness even when human circumstances change.
“There’s a line in the song that goes, ‘In your weeping, and rejoicing, He is for you.’ This line applies to so many areas of my heart. It means that we have seasons of weeping or seasons of joy, but God is still with us. We wanted to write a song around all the blessings we believed and prayed over ourselves. We just didn’t know that we’d need all those [blessings] all at once and all of a sudden [with Covid],” Jobe said.
Fans of Elevation Worship can’t wait to see Jobe and Carnes on tour this summer! Tickets can be found here.
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