"Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus."
~ John 21:4
The shoreline can often be a place of great beauty, mystery, and unfortunately, storms.
Often when I walk along the beach, I think of the many stories of Jesus along the shoreline. In this passage, the disciples did not recognize him, as he inquired as to whether they had any fish?
He instructs them to throw out their nets, and they draw in so much fish that they can hardly pull the nets in. He then eats with them, and they suddenly realize it is Jesus.
There's something about not recognizing Christ, even when there has been such a close relationship. It is a reminder to me that God is so very real and present that even those who have a close relationship with the Creator fail to recognize God's presence at times.
Knowing that God is present is sometimes hard to notice when so much destruction is present. It's usually not until you hear the stories of being kept safe do you then begin to focus on the blessing.
Still though, it can be trying.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd WIlliams (c) 2017
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.