Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: Ezra 6-8; John 21
Later, Jesus himself appeared again to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. This is how it happened: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, Zebedee’s sons, and two other disciples were together. 3 Simon Peter told them, “I’m going fishing.”
They said, “We’ll go with you.” They set out in a boat, but throughout the night they caught nothing. 4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples didn’t realize it was Jesus.
5 Jesus called to them, “Children, have you caught anything to eat?”
They answered him, “No.”
6 He said, “Cast your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.”
So they did, and there were so many fish that they couldn’t haul in the net.
9 When they landed, they saw a fire there, with fish on it, and some bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you’ve just caught.” 11 Simon Peter got up and pulled the net to shore. It was full of large fish, one hundred fifty-three of them. Yet the net hadn’t torn, even with so many fish. (John 21:1-6, 9-11, Common English Bible)
What to do when you don’t know what to do. For most of us, that means we return to what we know best. Such was the case for Peter. But, really, who wouldn’t want to go fishing. To follow an old cliche, “A bad day fishing beats a good day working.”
In truth, even in the tough times, you reach a point that it is just time to move on, to get back to life the way you have known it. Peter was feeling it was time. So, it was time to go fishing. Fishing was Peter’s goto activity. The same could be said for Andrew, James, and John. The others probably were there for the ride.
“Well, why didn’t they get out and start spreading the word about Jesus?” For Peter and the others, they literally didn’t know what else to do. Peter didn’t even know, after denying Jesus, if he was still a disciple. How could he go out to do anything if Jesus would no longer let him be a disciple? It really was reverting to what he knew best when he had no idea what else he should do.
For Peter and the others, reverting to their previous way of making a living wasn’t really a bad thing except when we remember that Jesus had taught them to fish for people. Instead of fishing for people, they went back to fishing for fish.
What do we do when we don’t know what to do? What behavior do we revert to when the world just doesn’t seem to be going right? It is important that we remember the thing God calls us to do. Perhaps it is fishing for people but it also may be that we are called to helping those who can’t help themselves. Whatever it is God has called us to do, let us go out into the world and share that which God has given us.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
With Joy and Thanksgiving,
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