Join us this week on Christian Devotions SPEAK UP! when Scott McCausey hooks up with #1 Christian recording artist, Aaron Shust.
It wasn’t the typical way to record an album, with your producer in Nashville and you in Alquippa, Pennsylvania. With your wife and two-year old son living in the hospital where your son is being fed through tubes because he can’t keep down any food or drink for more than two seconds and the doctors running out of options to treat him. With your older son farmed out to friends for days at a time, and your grandmother dying, and you sitting in the car in her driveway late at night, singing your scratch vocals into your cell phone to send to your producer. It’s not the script you would have written for yourself, but it’s the story you find yourself in the middle of, and somewhere, in the midst of the chaos, you find something else as well. You find that you’ve become acutely aware of the reality of your utter dependency upon God and of the need to daily, constantly, embrace his promises and his presence.
As an artist whose globe-trotting career already spans more than ten years and includes multiple Dove Awards as well as the most played song on Christian radio for the last eight years (My Savior, My God), Aaron Shust has always been willing to follow wherever the journey took him. But after living in Atlanta for ten years, in early 2010 he and his wife made the decision to pull up stakes and move their young family back to Aaron’s Pennsylvania hometown. In less than a year, he was invited to take on the role of worship leader in the church he had grown up in. There was a sense of coming full circle.