Sunday, August 26, 2012

John 21:5-6 “Jesus said to them, ‘Children, you have no fish, have you?’ They answered him, ‘No.’ He said to them, ‘Cast the net to 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 there were so many fish.”

We are all creatures of habit when it comes right down to it.  We have things we are good at and we have certain ways we like to do things.  The disciples had seen Jesus crucified and buried and then seen him raised again.  What an experience!  Before all this started, these men were fishermen.  For reasons not explained they decide to go fishing, back to what they knew they were good at.  After an unsuccessful trip, catching no fish, they see Jesus as they come back in toward shore and these verses hold the conversation.  As I read this passage saw how like this we all are.  On occasion, we may have an incredible, life changing experience with our Lord and Savior but we live in this world and so we must go back to our daily lives.  We go back to what we know and what we do well.  Jesus calls us to do what we do but in a new and different way.  As we go through our day, we need to listen to the guidance of God.  He will lead us to new heights and a new perspective on things.  When we follow his guidance we will be blessed with overflowing nets.

Thank you for your word and your guidance.  Your teachings lead us to abundance yet our habits, how we like to do things, are hard to leave behind.  Open our hearts to hear your voice.  Give us courage to cast our nets to the other side, to the right side of the boat.  Thank you for the abundant blessings you give us every day.  Open our arms to receive.  Amen.