Pushing through

Daily reading: John 21:1-14
April 10, 2015

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 they couldn’t haul in the net.” John 21:6

In the midst of their grief and fear, the gospel writer John tells us that Peter returns to his fishing career after Jesus’ death.

It points to the reality that so many of know.  We return to our old habits when change and life gets too hard.  Old patterns bring about comfort when everything else around us is changing and out of control.

Yet Christ meets Peter where he is at.  He doesn’t allow him to completely return to his past.

Did you notice the futility in his actions?  He has returned to fishing yet he is unable to catch anything.  So Jesus asks him to cast his net on the other side of the boat.  With net fishing this requires that you use your weaker arm to pull in the catch.  It’s like if you are at bat and the coach tells you to switch your stance and bat with your other arm.   Nothing feels normal about it.

Christ is present with us when we struggle with the changes that are happening in our lives, especially the hard changes that happen when we remain committed to following Christ even when life is difficult.

Prayer:  God thank you for bringing me both comfort and challenge in my life.  Amen.


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