You don’t have to know what everything means

     The third time Jesus appeared to the disciples after  his resurrection, he was standing on the beach of the Sea of Galilee at dawn.  The disciples had gone out to fish but had caught nothing.
     Jesus called out from the shore, “Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some.”
     The men couldn’t see who the man was who was calling out instructions.  Still, they did as the man said.  Something obviously compelled them.  They then caught so many fish (153 large fish) they didn’t know what to do.
     At that point, the disciples instantly knew the fellow calling out to them was Jesus, and they headed to shore.  They were about 100 yards off.
     Peter, true to his impetuous nature, swam.  John manhandled the boat and pulled the catch to shore.
     When they got ashore, Jesus was cooking them breakfast of fish and bread.  John records that there’s a fire going.  “Now come and have some breakfast!” Jesus said.
     But no one said anything.  Really?  Hard to imagine, isn’t it?  But that’s what John 21:12 says… “None of the disciples dared ask him, ‘Who are you?’  They knew it was the Lord.”
     I think about this sometimes.  If we know the Lord is with us, that is, if we trust that the Spirit of Jesus within us is working, we don’t have to know every little detail.  We don’t have to ask, “Are you with me, Jesus?”  No, we have to learn to trust that Jesus will be with us to the very end.
     We have to trust that God is doing his work in us.  We have to open our arms to him, believing that He who began a good work in us will bring it to completion.
     We risk.  We trust.  We surrender.  We accept his invitation to come and eat.  We bask in presence without knowing all the details.  This is the life of faith.
 

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