The other day I was reading Oswald Chamer's book, My Utmost For His Highest, and I stumbled across June 18th of this daily devotional. It clearly isnt June, but the title "Keep Recognizing Jesus" caught my eye. This idea of constantly recognizing Jesus is something that I often lack - often times i wonder where He is in my life. This was a much needed reminder that I need to abandon myself and keep my eyes on Him inorder to see Him in His full glory.
Jesus said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, "Lord, save me."
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The wind really was boisterious and the waves were high, but Peter didn't see them at first. He didn't consider them at all; he simply recognized his Lord, stepped out in recognition of Him and walked on water. Then he began to take those things around him into account, and instantly, down he went. Why couldn't our Lord have enabled him to walk at the bottom of the waves, as well as on top of them? He could have, yet neither could be done without Peter's continual recognition of the Lord Jesus.
We step right out with recognition of God in some things, then self-consideration enters our lives and down we go. If you are truly recognizing your Lord, you have no business being concerned about how and where He engineers your circumstances. The things surrounding you are real, but when you look at them you are immediately overwhelmed, and even unable to recognize Jesus. Then comes His rebuke, "...why did you doubt?" (14:31). Let your actual circumstances be what they may, but KEEP RECOGNIZING JESUS, maintaing COMPLETE RELIANCE UPON HIM.
If you debate for even a second when God has spoken, it is all over. Never start to say, "Well, I wonder if He really did speak to me?" Be reckless immediately - totally UNRESTRAINED and WILLING TO RISK EVERYTHING - by casting your all upon Him. You do not know when His Voice will come to you, but whenever the realization of God comes, even in the faintestway imaginable, be determined to recklessly abandon yourself, surrendering everything to Him.
IT IS ONLY THROUGH ABANDONMENT OF YOURSELF AND YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES THAT YOU WILL RECOGNIZE HIM. YOU WILL ONLY RECOGNIZE HIS VOICE MORE CLEARLY THROUGH RECKLESSNESS - BEING WILLING TO RISK YOUR ALL.
( good ) music is one thing that i am passionate about. there is a song that can relate to any of life's excitements + sorrows. we've all discovered those songs that speak directly into our lives at a seemingly perfect time. i love how music comes with so many senses - the feeling of goosebumps + the butterflies that come when a piece of music so beautiful is found. i love how songs can so clearly bring back memories lost in time. music is also a way to worship - a way to draw near to Him. this is why i take such delight in finding good music that speaks to me. music, at it's core, is a poem - a piece of writing exquisitelycrafted and chiseled into a story that is beautiful to the ears. ( excluding that junk on the radio haha. sorry, but not sorry, pop fans. ) some of my favourites at the moment are :
t h e c i v i l w a r s - (well, let me say, their entire new album has been on repeat lately. if you don't have it, buy it.) i've been loving Tell Mama, I Had Me a Girl and Same Old Same Old.
e v e n i n g h y m s - you and jake
k i n g s k a l e i d o s c o p e - jesus paid it all
d a v i d r a m i r e z - paper thin
a r k e l l s - on paper ( acoustic version )
j o s h m h i r e - thomas, my bride ( if you are familiar with the lovely Kinsey, from Sincerely Kinsey, this is her husband + he makes rad music - listen to it here )
d a u g h t e r - smother, still
s h a w n m c d o n a l d - beautiful, burning much love, rach