Taking Directions

John 21: 1-14
Acts 4:1-12 / Ps 118

Cast the net on the starboard side and you will find something.
(John 21:6)

We labor vainly in this life,
And wonder what we’re looking for. . .
Then like the early morning light,
There’s Jesus waiting at the shore.

Jesus showed himself again to His disciples by the Lake of Tiberias. Gathered there together were Peter, Thomas, Nathanael, James and John, and two other disciples. 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. Just after dawn, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not recognize Him. Jesus said to them, ‘Children, have you caught anything?’ They answered, ‘No.’ He said to them, ‘Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.’ So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. The disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord!’ When Peter heard this, he put on some clothes, and jumped into the lake. The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were only about a hundred yards from shore. When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish you have caught.’ So Peter went and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’ None of the disciples dared to ask Him, ‘Who are you?’ because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus took some bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after He was raised from the dead.

Reflection

Peter and his friends tried to go back to their old profession after the new one they had been led to embrace did not seem to progress as they had expected. After the death of the Messiah, they decided to go back to their old fishing boat, and to their familiar fishing grounds. But even as they worked the whole night, they had caught nothing. Dawn was coming as they headed for shore when a powerful voice of authority directed them to lower their nets in the right direction. With nothing to lose, they did so, and were rewarded by a large catch too numerous to pull in.

Without guidance from the Lord, all our attempts to find a productive life will amount to nothing. By our own plans and efforts alone, we will always come up empty. In all major decisions in life, it always pays handsomely to lift them up to the Lord first before going into action. Everything in life belongs to the Lord, and we are just His stewards. Therefore, we must always ask His permission as well as His direction first before we embark on anything. What is there to lose? A few minutes of consultation with the Lord in prayer, and reading the Bible are all there is to it.

If we think our life’s journey seems to be lacking in direction, it is probably because we have not been meditating on Holy Scriptures as regularly as we should. The Bible is the ‘guidebook of life’ that God has handed down to us through His prophets and evangelists. By making it a daily habit to read scriptures, we can expect to know God more intimately and be led in the right paths with His decrees and ordinances, as well as be enlightened by the beautiful lessons of Jesus in His parables. We can also be assured of the Holy Spirit’s guidance and inspiration. When we make it a habit to consult God in prayer and scripture reading, we will discover that whatever we set out to do in life will never be in vain.

Direct us, Lord, in everything we do, that it may always be by the Father’s will, and for Your glory. Amen.

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