Notes from the Journey with the Disciples – 341

  1. “I’m going out to fish” (John 21:3).

So what do you do when you don’t know what to do? One option is to return to what you know. The last several days have been quite confusing for Simon Peter. He has failed personally, watched his hope evaporate and then suddenly reemerge, and it seems likely that he now stands unsure of where he fits and what his future might be. So…go back to what you know. That we might project such motives on Peter can stem from the similar response of many Christ-followers as they resist confronting their failure. It’s just easier to go back to what you know–even if, for some, that history had been destructive. The well-worn paths of our lives provide a type of comfort, even if they are unproductive and unhealthy. Those are the ways we’ve learned to cope with our struggles and they form an amazing lure when we feel we have faltered on the new road with Christ.

 

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