Do you recognize Him?

A devotional book I read as a teen-ager (sadly, I can’t remember the name of it) started off with the story from John 21 about how the disciples went fishing after Jesus’ death, and how He appeared in His resurrected body on the shore asking if they had caught anything. They had fished through the night and caught nothing. He told them to cast their net on the other side, and they did so and caught so many fish they couldn’t draw the net in. John, the “disciple whom Jesus loved,” recognized then, “It is the Lord.” The devotional went on to encourage us to recognize the hand of God in our daily lives.

For some reason that particular lesson is all that I can specifically remember from that book, but it has stayed with me for years. I hate the little quip that “Coincidences are God’s way of remaining anonymous” because God is not in the business of remaining anonymous! He wants people to see His actions, influence, and provision.

Earlier this week I heard a story of  brother and sister in our church. The sister was known as a very slow driver, and in one outing with her brother he was getting after her about going faster. At a stop light she decided to tease him by just puttering along as slowly as she could. She was in a double turn lane, and the car beside her shot ahead — and got hit by someone running the red light. What was meant as a bit of fun was used to protect them.!

But its not just in the more dramatic episodes where He is at work and wants us to recognize Him, and He doesn’t want just His children to recognize Him. The Father “maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:45b).

And it’s not just in the good things that happen where we see His hand. He allows illnesses, accidents, losses, loneliness and such for many different reasons, all designed to focus our attention on Him, to draw us closer to Him, to meet some need in our life or to manifest His glory.

I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else. Isaiah 45:5-6.

For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal. Hosea 2:8.

That they may know that this is thy hand; that thou, LORD, hast done it. Psalm 109:27.

7 thoughts on “Do you recognize Him?

  1. Hello:

    Mi name is José Gabriel and live in Mexico . I am Christian and play the piano on my Church.

    I love this hymn, actually is one of my very favorites and on my research on the internet I found that you wrote the text. Could you please confirm me if I this is correct and let me know who composed the music and where can I find it?

    Thank you very much in advance and believe me that you are going to bring me lots of joy if I can find the score after years of waiting… J

    1.Safe were the ninety and nine in the fold
    Safe, though the night was stormy and cold
    But said the shepherd when counting them o’er
    One sheep is missing, there should be one more!
    2.Although His feet were weary and worn
    And though His hands were rent and torn
    E’en tho’ the road was rugged and steep
    Still the Good Shepherd sought long for his sheep
    3.There in the night He heard a faint cry
    From the lost sheep just ready to die
    Then in His arms to shield from the cold
    He brought the lost one safe back to the fold
    The Shepherd went out to search for His sheep
    And all thro’ the night on the rocky steep
    He sought till he found him
    With love bands he bound him
    And I was that one lost sheep

    José Gabriel

    • I’m sorry, no, I didn’t write the text. I just posted the song. I am not sure who wrote it: I originally thought it was Alfred Soord, but it is not — he is the artist who painted the picture I have with the song. I don’t play or sing (except congregationally), so I have never had the music for it — I just enjoy listening to it on one CD by Gordon Greer ( I e-mailed him to see if he knew where the music could be found, and he said it was in Volume 2 of Singspiration Favorites. I hope you can find it!.

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