John 21:3 “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.
John chapter 21 is one of my favorite passages in the Gospels. The disciples are no doubt sad, confused, frustrated, and worn out. Jesus had been crucified but then they saw him. He was there among them but then he left them again. What has happened? What does it all mean? In that place of confusion, Peter decides to go back to what he knows. Back to something stable and predictable. Something he knows like the back of his hand. Peter decides to go fishing!
When the world around you is spinning in chaos, where do you go to regain your balance? Where do you turn to steady your ship? Some people go home. There is something about where we grew up that settles are nerves. Some people turn to their friends. Kind of like the theme from Cheers, “I want to go where everyone knows my name.” Others turn to their work, or a hobby, or the quiet ripple of a lake with a fishing pole in their hands.
And wouldn’t you know it, Jesus was there too! By the looks of the fire of coals, He had been there for a while. God lets us run to what is familiar but He beats us there and waits patiently for us to be ready to hear his voice.
Where do you run to when your world has fallen apart?
When God finds you there, what does he do?