Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanaelfrom Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered. He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.”When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.
- John 21:1-9
At this time, the disciples were discouraged because Jesus had been dead for a few days, and Peter, being a man of action, said, “I’m going fishing.” He was saying by his actions “well back to the old me, back to my life before Jesus.” The hard part about life with Jesus is, He may not seem like He’s right next to you. But here is what I love about Jesus - this is the third time that He shows himself to the disciples, and this time He wasn’t sneaky about it. The other times he disappears and the disciples are like “Wait! Was that HIM?” But this time, He shows up and says “Bring some of the first you caught.” As a breakfast lover, this does wonders for my heart! So think about this, after His death, He came back to show Himself to the disciples, the guys that He was with for three years. Not on a cloud and not accompanied by lightning and thunder, but simply sitting by a fire.
Question: What small moments is Jesus waiting to show Himself to you in?
Challenge: Through this time of fasting and journaling, ask Jesus to be with you in each moment - both small and big. Ask Him to make His presence known in your life.
Jesus, I thank you that in the middle of a fast, in the middle of life, in the middle of hard moments, I am teaching myself even now to notice You. Thank you for being a God that loves me enough to sit and be with me, even though I can’t see you. I love You, Lord. Amen