Chris Quilala is recording artist and worship leader with Jesus Culture. He has been involved with the music label and church since its founding. If you don’t know his name, you probably know his music.
Studio 5 caught up with Quilala during a stop on the Outcry tour in Raleigh, North Carolina to talk about his music journey.
Efrem: “You’ve recorded your first solo project, Split the Sky. What experiences birthed that out of you?”
Chris: “For me, I mentioned this on my last album, my wife and I we lost our son Jethro. He was still born in Dec. 2014 and even in the hospital room we were praying that God would breathe life into him, and we didn’t see that. But we had to make a choice.
We were going to choose to believe that God is good. That God is a miracle working God. That God is a healer.
You may have been told otherwise from whatever perspective you’re looking at.”
“The truth is that God remains the same and my response needs to remain the same.So, for me, writing songs was my way for me to remind myself that God is.”
“I wrote a song called Miracles and it’s just about that miracle working power of God that god is faithful that he is with us, that he remains the same.”
“All that being said it was just a season of writing and a lot of songs came out of that season of writing and a lot of those songs came out of the place of encountering God in the midst of pain doing my best with the skills I have in front of me to remind myself that God is good that God is faithful.”
Efrem: “How do you worship through pain?”
Chris: “It definitely is a choice. For us, during the loss of our son – I remember my pastor telling us, which in the moment spoke volumes, ‘You can trust God with the mystery.’ In the middle of pain, whatever circumstance anyone is going through there is always questions and they may never get answered. And it does take a certain level of faith and trust on our part to say, “God I don’t understand but I trust you.”
I had the same experience 3 years ago, and when this happened to me, I thought I would handle it. But in all honesty, you don’t know how to respond when you lose a child except to surrender and worship Jesus Christ.
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