Open Up Heaven is such a special song, largely due to the fact that Vince Gill, who has the voice of an angel, graciously sang the duet with me! It is also special because I wrote it during a very difficult season of life. It was difficult relationally, spiritually, and occupationally.
A season where I was very aware of my dependence on Him.
The message of the song is easy to misinterpret.
Christians typically think the song is about a man (the main character in the song) who would rather go to Heaven than continue living. While that may be the case for some people, and I can definitely relate to that level of despondency, it is not the message I intended to communicate through the song.
Open Up Heaven is a simple farming song.
Nobody knows dependence like a farmer! The main character in the song is praying for rain…praying that God will match his work efforts with a blessing that can only come from “above”. In that respect, I believe that many people can relate to the message; they can relate to that sense of working hard, and yet feeling like you are never making progress.
This seems especially relevant at this time in history!
But the message is that we CAN rely on God, and we MUST, since the blessing we need can only come from Him. – Steve Wiggins