"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.
As I wake up this morning, I'm reminded of the appearance of Jesus along the shoreline. The disciples did not recognize him, as he yelled out to them on the boat and asked if 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.
Sometimes I wonder what it was like to have been in such a close relationship with Jesus, and then there are these moments when even those who had been closest to him do not recognize him when he appears. It is a reminder to me that for those who see God as very real and present, can have moments in their life when they fail to recognize that God is right beside them. I think that we all know a little something about this.
Knowing that God is present is sometimes hard to notice simply because we are so focused on what is before us, rather than God who surrounds us. So much of the time it is when we take the time to reflect that we discover God was there all the time.
Still though, it can be trying.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2019
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.