Scripture: John 21:1-14
Observation: Jesus appears to a group of his disciples who are out fishing. They don’t recognize him at first, and after they tell him that didn’t catch many fish, he prompts them to throw their nets to the other side. They listen, and immediately their nets are filled with fish. In that moment, John realizes that it’s Jesus.
Application: At the beginning of this year, I started a gratitude journal. I'll be honest -- I used to (secretly) judge people who kept gratitude journals. Did they really need to write down what they were thankful for? That seemed somewhat pointless to me. But after going through a tough transition from maternity leave back into working full-time, I struggled with a lot of selfishness and knew I needed a way to get my eyes off myself and back onto what really mattered.
So yes, I became the person I used to think was a little ridiculous. I became a gratitude journaler.
And now, about 350 days into the year, I have a journal full of things I’m thankful for – playtime with my son, watching TV with my husband, Facetime calls with my sister, leadership conversations that went better than I thought, time to listen to podcasts I enjoy, new recipes, running with friends, writing Bible studies, reading new books. These are all ordinary moments – that somehow felt extraordinary when I stopped and praised God for them.
When we read about the disciples here, it’s just an ordinary day. They’re fishing, just like they do most other days – they are fishermen, after all. They spot a stranger on the edge of the water who tells them to do something ordinary – cast their nets to the other side of the boat.
“So they did, and they couldn’t haul in the net because there were so many fish in it.” (v. 6)
When they listened, Jesus made their ordinary moment an extraordinary one.
Jesus is in our everyday, ready to make our ordinary extraordinary – if we’re willing to listen. He is the One we’re waiting for – and the truth is that has always been right here waiting for us.
When we connect our everyday moments to our God – our cups of coffee and playing with our kids and trying out new recipes and sneaking in 15 minutes to read a book during naptime – we see he is always there, ready to make a miracle out of every moment.
Prayer: God, I believe you can make any ordinary moment extraordinary. I pray I can invite you in and for the faith to believe you will always show up: whether I’m about to go through the hardest trial or have coffee with a friend or go to the park to play with my kids. Open my eyes to see you. Amen.