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A Hot Mess
Day 4 - A Hot Breakfast Can Heal A Heart
John 21:1-16 NIV
Later, Jesus appeared again to the disciples beside the Sea of Galilee. This is how it happened. Several of the disciples were there—Simon Peter, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples.
Simon Peter said, “I’m going fishing.”
“We’ll come, too,” they all said. So they went out in the boat, but they caught nothing all night.
At dawn Jesus was standing on the beach, but the disciples couldn’t see who he was. He called out, “Fellows, have you caught any fish?”
“No,” they replied.
Then he said, “Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!” So they did, and they couldn’t haul in the net because there were so many fish in it.
Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his tunic (for he had stripped for work), jumped into the water, and headed to shore. The others stayed with the boat and pulled the loaded net to the shore, for they were only about a hundred yards[d] from shore. When they got there, they found breakfast waiting for them—fish cooking over a charcoal fire, and some bread.
Have you ever had those days? You know, when the hot mess your trying to deal with is one you made yourself. And now, you are left lying in it trying find the strength to climb out. It would be easier to just stay where you are instead of confronting whatever got you there. So, you stay. Peter was there. No doubt a rain cloud of guild and condemnation was hovering over his head. I mean, he was one of Jesus’ most treasured disciples not to mention friends. In a series of rash decisions and freak events he found himself denying he knew this Jesus, this Savior, this King just days back the night before Jesus was crucified. Yes, denial. He got himself into this hot mess with more than just one attempt, but three. He can’t erase the mistake from his memory. The mess continues and the enemy of his soul pushes the thorn in his heart farther hoping to destroy Peter’s faith not only in his Lord but in himself.
I’ve been there and so have you. Your insides feel hollow and you can’t seem to think about anything else. The hot mess gets hotter day after day until you feel like your about to explode. What does Peter do? He gravitates to what he seems easiest to him. “I am going fishing.” (John 21:3) So, he and a few of his friends get in a boat and sail out onto the waters. Peter tries to sail away from the mess, the failure, the conversations that keep replaying in his head.
“You’re a failure.”
“You’re no friend.”
“How could you do this to the Son of God?”
“You can’t stand for anything.”
“You’re a lousy follower of Christ.”
“Go back to what you know.”
This is where Jesus finds Peter. And, us.
Instead of holding a grudge. Instead of ignoring Peter. Instead of pointing a finger in his face. Jesus…prepares him breakfast. I love it! After helping them catch a boatful of fish he invites them to an early morning buffet. That is what I love about our Lord. He doesn’t leave us in our self driven messes but gently creates a place to help us deal with our own weaknesses and struggles. Jesus reminds Peter of his worth. His calling. His hope.
Jesus reminds us of the same. Do you find yourself in a hot mess today that you created? Take a few minutes to find Jesus waiting on the shore for you. Stop and listen to his heart. He is for you. He is with you.
Read the entire account in John chapter 21 verses 1-19 and be encouraged by the entire story. .