“Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught. Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken” (John 21:10-11, KJV).
Reading this piece reminded me of the way fishermen talk to each other. Telling whosoever wants to hear how many they caught and with what.
The story starts out by telling us who went with Peter, and that it was by the Sea of Galilee. We can get a sense of loneliness and loss of purpose from the men. They only seen Jesus twice before and they don’t really know what to do.
All night long they tried to catch fish with their own efforts. We often try to help people with our own effort, and fail. Or when God placed us on a certain path, we return quickly to our old ways. There are a certain comfort in familiarity. But is that what God wants with us?
Watch what happened when Jesus tells them to throw the net to the right side of the boat. Jesus stepped into their situation and things radically changed. They caught so many fish another boat of disciples had to come and help. Peter then dragged the net to shore.
It is here that we see the fisherman in Peter. He tells us that the net is 200 cubits, and with that they caught 153 fish. It was like catching a marlin with a 9pound line.
We also find Jesus on shore with a fish and bread already roasting. He didn’t need the fish the disciples caught. It is a lesson that we need Jesus more, than He needs us. Yet, He always are there for us in the most unexpected way.
Are you finding yourself returning back to your old ways? I know I am. I began focusing more on my work I started last year, feeling too exhausted to do the writing for my Lord. Let us all return to the good Lord so that He can guide us back. We need also to realize that things don’t happen by our own effort, but only through the mighty works of God and His Holy Spirit.
Prayer: My dear Lord God, thank you for meeting with us in unexpected places. Thank you that we now can rest in the knowledge that only through the work of the Holy Spirit people are saved, and not through our labour. Although, we cast that net it is only You that fills it. Glory be to your Mighty Name. #GodCanDoThis