Read: John 21:1-14
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 21:7-9, NIV)
Following the traumatic events, we call Easter, the disciples of Jesus did as he had instructed them, they returned to Galilee and waited. Waited for whatever was to happen next. This had to be an “interesting” season in their lives. For three years, they had followed Jesus to every place he had gone. Their lives had been thoroughly wrapped up in his physical presence. They had eaten with him, slept out under the stars and in friendly homes with him. His life had been their agenda. Now, they were “on their own”, waiting for “the promised comforter”. So, what were they to do?
Peter had an idea. “Let’s go fishing.” I do not know how comfortable the non-fishermen were with this idea, but they went along with it. They borrowed a boat (or two), some nets, and set out to catch some fish. “What else was there to do”, they wondered. The night of fishing had gone with very little success. The nets kept coming in empty. They were ready to give up and go ashore and try to find something else to occupy their time, when a voice called out from the shore: “Cast your net to the right side…” They did as they were instructed, in spite of their certainty of its futility. As soon as the nets hit the water they were filled with fish.
At this, John said in wonder, “It is the Lord!” That is all it took for Peter to grab his outer garments and jump into the water and swim to shore! The others followed him in and were treated to a fresh cooked breakfast of fish and bread with their Master.
Waiting is NEVER easy. Sometimes, Jesus wants us to wait for him, to exercise patience, to trust his timing and supply. Here is the lesson, HE GIVES GOOD GIFTS. Read James 1:17, our God has good gifts he is preparing for those who wait and trust and obey!