Written by: Danielle Noonan

There have been moments in my life where I have felt so ravaged by Christ’s love for me, that I wept in thankful, almost heart wrenching gratitude and there have been moments in my life, where I wondered how I could feel so alone, so misguided, hurt and so lost. My life has been balancing just that equation, the hilltops, valleys and storms of life’s, a lot of times, very painful and humorous paths. These are the things that fuel my heart toward its creative light. We all have stories, some a little more colorful than others, but stories nonetheless. Some of my stories, I don’t want to be mine, but at the same time, I don’t want them to be anyone else’s because piece by piece The Father shaped and molded my heart to fit those stories into His hands and that’s where they lie in safekeeping. The Road Less Traveled is a song written at a time where I felt extremely vulnerable and yearned for authenticity.  I was mentally exhausted trying to be who I thought everyone needed me to be when, in reality, I simply needed to use my gifts, I needed to remember that my fiery stubbornness and passion for truth and goodness was what propelled me towards Him and that not resting was a sorry excuse to not face this Father who gently, ever so lovingly spoke words of truth to me. Rest in me, Danielle.

In Matthew 11 28-30 The Lord tell us “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

I’ve fallen upon this scripture more times than I can count in a lifetime and each time I want those words bound to my heart, not just because of their sacred beauty but because of how so easily I forget them.  How many times, as we’ve sped through the city, with coffee, backpacks, children who may or may not have remembered their lunches or shoes for that matter, have we been quiet and still enough to hear him say, “You’re tired, come rest in me”.  Sometimes it takes taking the road less traveled. It’s quieter, many times there’s less people, which at first, if you’re like me, can feel isolating or uncomfortable but there’s peace there. You can rest there and The Father’s heart, which holds those stories, the ones we may or may not want to keep, envelopes us and we rest.

The Road Less Traveled

Lyrics and Music by Danielle Noonan

On the path you speak to me
Come rest your weary soul
Like the night you cover me, on the road less traveled
On the road less traveled
When the dawn is breaking through
When darkness disappears
You’re the hope that pulls me through, on the road less traveled
On the road less traveled
So slow it on down, don’t move to fast
You’ll miss the eager sounds
That carry all the weight of all your burdens
Oh the yoke is easy and the truth will set you free
On the road, the road less traveled
Woah, woah, woah
Woah, woah, woah
Woah, woah, woah, the road less traveled
Though it’s dark and lonely and it’s hard to understand
That nothing falls to pieces for the lowly
Oh just lift your gaze upon the lights above the hills
So we will sing, on the road less traveled