That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” – John 21:7
Seven disciples go fishing on the Sea of Galilee. They toil all night without success. As the sun rises, a stranger calls to them from shore: “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” The result is a net teeming with fish, a catch so bountiful that even experienced fishermen have trouble hauling it in. At this point, perhaps the Apostle John recalls another fruitless night of fishing. The Master’s instructions, the nets laden with fish and stretched to the breaking point. Perhaps the Lord’s own words come back to him… “I will make you fishers of men.” However it happens, the identity of the stranger is revealed. John knows.
I want to be that disciple. The one who is quick to discern the presence of the Lord and eager to draw attention to Him. Lord, allow me to focus my attention on you when I am about the daily business of life. Remind me that you are near even when my labor seems in vain. Let me recall how in times past you have worked on my behalf. Make me zealous to hear your word and fervent to obey. Train my eyes and heart on Thee. Let me be the one who hesitates not to say, “It is the Lord!”
By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel
(See John 21:1-14; Luke 5:1-11; Matthew 4:19)