“Simon Peter, Thomas, Nathanael, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, ‘I am going fishing.’ They said to him, ‘We will go with you.’ They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, ‘Children, do you have any fish?’ They answered him, ‘No.’ He said to them, ‘Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.’ So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord!’ When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea. The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off.
“When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.’ So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’ Now none of the disciples dared ask him, ‘Who are you?’ They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish.” John 21:2-13
It is not often we get interrupted in the middle of our agenda or work and are directed to remarkable success and invited to a lovely meal. But Jesus is not a predictable Sovereign, and delights to reveal Himself extraordinarily in our ordinary.
When I have toiled long and arduously with no results to measure, am I willing to cast my nets in another place? When I have spent dark nights of the soul with tears, with no light or answers, would I look for and sup with my Savior? When I labor according to all the rules, but cannot see His hand, would I listen carefully to recognize and heed His voice, and draw nigh?
“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.” “And let the one who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.” Isaiah 55:1; Revelation 22:17
Jesus injects Himself into our every frustration, He appears in our ways and days with a bounty of grace, He redirects our efforts, He offers inexplicable satisfaction to our deepest part. We must press on with open eyes, open ears, open minds and hearts, ever willing to respond anew to His perfect voice. He has charge over outcomes, He alone sates the soul.
Lord, keep me casting my nets at Your instruction, daily nourished by a heavenly breakfast with Thee.