Leave. It. A. Lone.

Seriously. And the spacing was necessary. Even some πŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎ in between wouldn’t be overkill. Imagine it being said and the clapping. Cuz chiiiiii.

The Bible says to cast our cares because He cares for us. πŸ—£ is a Scripture for you to find to make sure I’m not just out here saying stuff.

Jesus was/is a master storyteller. I’m almost 100% certain He chose the original word for cast on purpose.

Some of his disciples were fishermen. πŸ—£He talked about us being fishers of men. πŸ—£

With that in mind, to cast a large, heavy net, or even just a line on a fishing rod/pole one is holding, I heard someone once say you have to throw VIOLENTLY. Like hard. With ALL you got. All the strength you can give it.

The point of fishing is to catch a fish. You have to patiently, oooooh I love where this is going, and quietly wait. You have to be still. You have to surrender to the process.

With pole/rod fishing people use all kinds of things to attract the fish. Some are…wow. Wait for it. Some are dead bugs and critters. Some are living critters. Some are plastic things that mimic fish or critters.

The work at Calvary, the sacrifice of the life of Jesus was messy and violent. Taking our issues to that same cross is just as messy and violent. But that’s okay. That’s the point.

The problem comes into play when we don’t leave them there. We throw it but then aren’t patient, quiet, or still.

Instead of using what many say is the best bait, something living or what was once dead, JESUS and His Word, we go find imitations. We go find substitutes that we think will get us the same results.

After denying Jesus and then knowing that He’s gone, Peter just gave up and went back to fishing. πŸ—£Ion blame my guy. I LOVE him. Lol.

I mean. Don’t we do the same thing? We mess up and we quit on God and ourselves. Someone lies about who we are. Because anything contrary to what God calls us (I have a draft about this titled Who Do You Love. I’ll probably forget to come back and link it. Apologies.) that we take in and take on is a LIE. And now that caused us to quit.

So now my guy is depressed. It doesn’t help that he can’t catch a fish to save his life. All. Of. A. Sudden. He hears someone ask if he has fish. πŸ—£

I went to check to make sure I was paraphrasing correctly. I forgot that Peter wasn’t fishing alone. This is wiiiiiiiild to me. These men trusted and knew Jesus. But because they could no longer see him, they didn’t keep up with what He had done and taught them.

Buuuuuuuut. Can I reaaaaaaally blame them? Their Rabbi was dead and they may have thought they were next.

Buuuuuuut stiiiiiiill. They could have built an altar. They could have given him a pep talk. They could have reminisced and waited expectantly. But nope. They joined the pity party.

That someone none of these people, who had been with Him for three and a half years who said He was coming back, recognized told Peter to change where his net was positioned after they said no to having fish. He did it. There were so many fish they couldn’t lift the net. πŸ—£πŸ—£πŸ—£πŸ—£πŸ—£πŸ—£

FINALLY John told Peter it was Jesus. I went back to check again and man. One. Peter jumped in the water and swam ashore. πŸ—£

The same dude who almost drowned in the middle of the miracle jumped in the life source that is used to wash our sins and flow out of us by virtue of salvation in order to get to the One who gave His life to give us life eternally. Mkay. Chiii alot of this is all in the same chapter πŸ—£.

Two. He told them to put the net on the right side. Where he would eventually be seated in power on the throne beside God. I can’t.

I have no idea if I’m still on track. Sheesh.

Peter went back to what He knew in the absence of Jesus and the absence of keeping their time together alive in His life. He didn’t leave himself and what he did wrong at the cross. He picked it back up.

Thank God for the grace and mercy that flowed from the blood of Jesus. He had a chance to get it right. They had a conversation, some prayer. Peter was restored and his vision, his purpose, and who Jesus saw him as, not who he or anyone else saw him as.

If we have picked something we gave Jesus back up, His long-suffering, loving kindness wrapped in grace and mercy allows us to take it back to the cross. Cuz sometimes it’s a process. Go put it back and leave it alone.

Be great. You can. You should. He’ll help you. Us. Cuz someone is counting on it.