A few years ago, Mike Janzen was approached by a good friend that asked him if he would be interested in writing some music based on the ancient prayers in the Psalms.
Although the idea interested him, at the time, he had a packed schedule and didn't know if he'd have the time to slow down enough to actually write.
Shortly after that discussion, he experienced a life-altering injury that flipped his world upside down and brought his career to an abrupt halt.
"My whole world stopped. Like, it was so strange. Usually, I'm upbeat and go at it. I was literally in the basement every day, just trying to get through the day," Janzen explains. "I couldn't listen to podcasts or radio or music. It was really a tough time for me. I really couldn't think about a whole lot else."
He says at one point his friends started doing his gigs for him and sending him the money.
Although the road to recovery was a long one, he says it was through that experience that his faith has flourished.
"I think it's developed a deeper trust," says Janzen.
"I'm a go-getter and often I've gone after things, and I think I'm realizing more and more in life, especially through this injury, that I am not as in control as I thought I was, and that God can be trusted through the hardest storm and the most difficult experiences of life. So, I'm hoping that trust has deepened considerably."
Today on Connections, Mike talks about his injury and the road to recovery. He also shares the inspiration behind his latest album, The Psalms Project.