After spending the entire night unsuccessfully fishing on the sea of Tiberias, some of the disciples heard a voice calling from the shore. In the early light of dawn they saw the figure of a man beside a small campfire. The man encouraged them to cast their net on the right side of their boat. Though it probably seemed that such a small adjustment would avail them little, the disciples followed his admonition and ventured a try. Perhaps there was something familiar about his voice and his simple request that subdued their unbelief.
The disciples were rewarded for their simple act of faith with a huge draft containing a “multitude of fishes”, so great that their net could scarcely keep from bursting! With this miracle came the recognition that the figure beside the fire was the Risen Lord. The heartened disciples came ashore, there to enjoy a breakfast of bread and fish prepared by Jesus himself.
What an amazing way to start the day! Imagine being fed, warmed and invited to bask in the glow of the “Light of the World”. With a simple act of faith we can do the same and greet each new dawn nourished and warmed by the fire of His spirit!
Greg Olsen – 2009