“Simon Peter announced, “I’m going fishing. The rest them replied, “We’re going with you.” John 21:3
Simon Peter couldn’t wait any longer for Jesus to arrive, so he reverted back to his old nature and decided to go fishing. Even the disciples who were not fishermen in their past life, jumped into the boat, too. But by morning they had caught no fish. Jesus came along and told them to cast their net into the right side of the boat. Soon, they had caught more fish than they could eat.
This story is about how easy it is to give up when a situation looks grim and to slip back into your comfort zone. All Peter knew before becoming a disciple was fishing. After all he had gone through in the days before and after the resurrection, perhaps Peter felt that Jesus had abandoned him and wished for the simpler days of mending nets and waiting for a catch of fish, rather than trying to fish for men.
I remember when I worked in the church office, I sometimes wished for simpler days–or even giving it up and going to work as the doorman at Walmart. That’s when I needed to be reminded to anchor my boatload of work to God’s strength and wait for directions as to where to cast the net.
Dear Lord, we pray you will fill our “nets” with an abundance of hope for the future. Amen.