Today's verses are John 21:1-3: "After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, 'I am going fishing.' They said to him, 'We will go with you.' They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing." My child, John now records a third and final resurrection appearance in his gospel. There were many others. But John emphasizes three of them.
The weeklong celebration of the feast of the Unleavened Bread had ended. My disciples had returned to Galilee, to where I had commanded them to go. In my friend Mark's gospel account, I told them to go there and wait for me.
They returned to what they knew they could do well while they waited: fishing. James and John, Nathanael, Thomas, Simon Peter and two other disciples were present. James and John were partners with Peter in their fishing industry before I had called them to follow me.
Even though I had previously appeared to them, they were still anxious about what was occurring. As days passed and they didn't see me alive again, they wondered if they had really seen me or simply hallucinated. Peter was still dealing with his guilt, grief and shame over denying me three times.
Therefore, to start fishing again was only natural. Whenever someone is confused, guilt-ridden or anxious, they often return to what they know they do well. These men were accomplished fishermen. They had built up a relatively successful fishing business. So, as they waited, they naturally started fishing again.
They went out in the boat at night. Night fishing was the preferred time to fish. Not only is it cooler, so the fish don't all go to the bottom, but fish caught during the day can then be sold fresh the next morning. Again, these men were skilled fishermen. They knew what they were doing.
But this night they caught nothing. They continuously cast their nets on one side of the boat to the other, but caught nothing. Zero. Ziilch. Shut out.
What they didn't realize is I am in charge of the "nothing." It was all part of my plan to help them understand my love and mission for them, especially Peter. I wanted to rid him of his guilt and recall him to his purpose in life, as you'll see as this story unfolds.
My child, when nothing seems to work for you, you need to trust me that I am Lord of your "nothing." When "nothing" is happening as you wish, I am still in control of your life.
I am using your nothings for a larger purpose. Sometimes I want to exhaust you of all your human strength so you'll depend solely on me. Sometimes I want you not to depend on what you do well, but depend solely on me.
If it seems like nothing is working in your life, turn to me. I am the Lord of your "nothing."
You can trust me today.