"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 woke up this morning, I realized that like the disciples who followed Jesus, there were times when they did not recognize him. One day, Jesus stood on the shoreline and asked if they had caught any fish?
This "stranger," 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 Christ is so very real and present that even those who have a close relationship with the Creator fail to recognize Christ's presence during different times in their life.
Knowing that Christ is present is sometimes hard to notice when we turn on focus on other things.
It's usually not until you refocus your thinking that you then realize that Christ was present all along.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
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.