Oceans for Emotions: Sneaking off to fish
By Elaine Wheat
Editor's Note: This just may be the last of I don't know how many articles titled: I Cried Till I Laughed.
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the Heaven: A time to weep and a time to laugh."
- Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4
This story carries on the same theme, but it is a story that the Bible tells in all four gospels about Jesus and his apostles and their beach wood, fireside stories. Many Christians follow the Lenten traditions, where one prepares his soul for receiving the blessing of Jesus' death and resurrection. This story is told how they also prepared.
I CRIED TILL I LAUGHED, ARTICLE FOUR
After Jesus was resurrected from the dead, He told His apostles to wait 40 days in Jerusalem while He spoke to them and of the Holy Spirit that would come unto them.
The apostle Peter tried to do what his Lord commanded, but that upper room seemed to be closing in on him and one day he just announced, "I go afishing." Some of the other former fishermen, and now apostles said, "We are coming with you." I know that feeling. They went and got their little old boat and nets and fished all night and caught nothing. I know that feeling, too. They headed for shore about to give up when Jesus' voice called out to them and asked, "Children, catch anything?" I can just see the smile on His face when He called them children. They didn't recognize His voice so they just said the dreaded words all fisherman hate, "Nope," or something lame like that.
Jesus told them to cast their net on the right side of the boat and they will catch some. Now, being one who has fished all night, cast nets all night and caught nothing, I am sure that it was not what those blessed fishermen wanted to hear. But one more cast is something every fisherman would do. I do it all the time, but I didn't know it was scriptural.
John yelled to Peter, "It is the Lord." Peter who was known for jumping out of boats to get to Jesus (boats bring a lot of us closer to Jesus, one way or the other), grabbed his clothes and ran up to where his Lord had prepared a driftwood fire and already had the bread and a few fish cooking. Jesus told His friends to bring their fish so they would have plenty to eat. They said that they had caught 153 great ones, and not any part of the net had broken. I wonder . don't even go there.
Now, that is a great fishing story. They probably thought that Jesus was going to rebuke them for sneaking out and going fishing, or Peter was worrying about how he was going to explain denying Christ before His crucifixion. In my soul's eye, all I can picture by that beach wood fire is some full, tired, scared, stinky fishermen, loving and laughing with their Lord.
Dear Lord, at all times of the year, help me in preparing myself for when I meet You on the beach, where we can love and laugh eternally.