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Know God in a Year #252 More Surprises

At the end of Passover week, the disciples gladly head home, exhausted and ready for rest after all the trauma, anxiety, and excitement.
Seven of them are hanging-out, passing time until Jesus’ specified meeting in Galilee. It’s evening when Peter says, “I’m going fishing!” The others eagerly agree, and off they go.
So many memories are connected with this lake: being terrified, Jesus calming storms and fears, Jesus walking on water, (and Peter too), helping feed over ten thousand people with a few loaves and fish.
They are so different now, three years later. Not rich and honored as they’d imagined and hoped, but none-the-less changed. They have been mentored by the greatest teacher ever. They have become refined.
But they still love fishing. And besides, they are in need of food and clothes which a good night of fishing would supply.
As they work, they remember and talk about their memories, but become sad as they question their future. What is going to happen to them? No dreams of glory now.  And all night they’ve caught nothing. Discouragement takes over.
At dawn, they’re a hundred yards out and someone on shore calls, “Friends, do you have any fish?”
When they answer “No,” he says “Try the right side of the boat.” (His side.)
They do it, (without objection or wondering?) and the net is so full they can’t bring it in.
“It is the Lord!” half-whispers John.
Elated, Peter forgets fish, friends and work, putting on his tunic, he dives in, and swims to Jesus.
John 21:1-7
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