A fish story.

It was the best day of fishing ever. But it started as the worst.

Seven guys working together tossing out the big net across the water. Letting it sink. Pulling it in.

Nothing.

Row a bit further. Toss out the big net across the surface of the water. Let it sink. Pull it in.

Nothing. All night long, professional fishers working in their home waters, the waters that have supported their families for generations.

Row a bit further. Toss out the big net across the surface of the water. Let it sink. Pull it in.

Nothing.

They watched the sky brighten a bit over the hills that circled the eastern side of the lake.  They started to row toward shore. “Just two more times,” promised a voice in the dark.

Toss out the big net across the surface of the water. Let it sink. Pull it in.

Nothing.

No one wanted to make that last toss. If they waited there was still hope. Once they tossed it out, the night might be a failure.

“Friends,” said a voice in the darkness. “Haven’t you any fish?” This time the voice was on the shore. They were closer than they realized, a football field away from the man, silhouetted by the fire behind him.

“No,” they sighed.

“Through the net on the right side this time.” They looked at each other. They could see Peter shrug. They faced the sun. They tossed the net toward the light starting to shine across the waves. They let it sink. It started to pull them in.

The net was full. They couldn’t pull it into the boat. Later, when someone counted the fish to split them up, they found 153. Everyone got 21. A good catch.

But Peter didn’t have time to think about the size of the catch. He realized that the man on the shore was Jesus.

Being with Jesus meant giving up his fish. Saying it that way emphasizes the cost. Try it this way: Giving up his fish meant being with Jesus.

From John 21

+++

You can still buy Lent For Non-Lent People.
Sign up to get occasional emails during Lent: Lent Mail
And Lent starts today.

 

Advertisements

About Jon Swanson

Social media chaplain. Author of "Lent For Non-Lent People" and "A Great Work: A Conversation With Nehemiah For People (Who Want To Be) Doing Great Works." Writer of 300wordsaday.com. I help people understand. Understand some of the Bible. Understand what Lent can be about. Understand what it means to follow.