Have you ever been in one of those moments where you can’t believe what has just happened, and you’re not sure what could possibly be coming next? It’s part numb and part lost. The disciples had that after the resurrection. What was that, really? And what are we supposed to do with this? At one point, Peter says, “I’m going fishing.” The disciples jump in, “Us, too!” (John 21:1-14) Do you hear the tone? They don’t know what to do, but they have to do something. Peter’s going back to what he knows. He can’t think of anything else. The disciples jump right in. At least it’s something.
They’re out all night and catch nothing. Great. Not even that works. In the morning, as they pull in, Jesus is on the shore (His third appearance – another repeat for Peter) and tells them to cast their nets out again. As the nets fill to bursting, Peter remembers how he was called in the first place (Luke 5:1-11) and races to shore. One more chance to see. One more chance to sit with this crazy situation and figure it out. One more time to be told what he has been called to do. One more time. He’ll get it soon. So can we.