Be Still: Dear Father, please forgive us when we get so focused on our tasks, jobs, or possessions, that we do not recognize You. Increase in us the ability to see You. In the name of the risen Savior, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, Amen
Be Strengthened: John 21:1-10
1Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Tiberias. It happened this way: 2Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. 3"I'm going out to fish," Simon Peter told them, and they said, "We'll go with you." So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
4Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. 5He called out to them, "Friends, haven't you any fish?" "No," they answered. 6He said, "Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some." When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.
7Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, "It is the Lord," he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. 8The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. 9When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.
10Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish you have just caught."
Be Stretched: Why do you suppose the disciples were out fishing? By this time they knew that Jesus was alive, and He had appeared to them at least once, if not more than that. For some reason, though, they did not recognize Him on the shore. Why might that be? Do you ever get so caught up in doing your own thing that you get ‘tunnel vision’ and cannot see anything else? Pray for eyes to recognize the Savior as He calls to you.