“I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them. (NIV)
can be so much fun that when it is over, the letdown can be rather
dramatic. We have enjoyed some time off
from work to be with family and friends.
Perhaps we have had a chance to reflect on what really matters in
life. The thought of going back to work
and resuming daily routines may seem deflating.
wonderful thing about the Christian life is that it is rooted in the daily and
the ordinary. If we think a bit of
Christmas vacation is an emotional high, try living with Jesus for three
years. The disciples had experienced
greater things than we ever will this side of heaven, and then it all came to a
halt. Jesus was dead. What now?
Peter’s return to his job of fishing reminds us that life goes on and
that this is a good thing. The highs,
the lows, they are all part of the great pageant of life, and of course, as we
see a few verses later, Jesus is present in even the most mundane moments.
has redeemed every moment of every day for His purposes. As you return to the workplace and the
patterns of everyday life, remember that the joy of Christmas is not contained
in tinsel and lights. It is grounded in
the realities of life on earth, and the babe in the manger became the risen
Savior who walks with us still.
You, Father, for the days of rest and celebration surrounding the birth of Your
Son, Jesus. As I go back to the work to
which You have called me, may I work to Your glory, doing all and only what You
would have me to do. In the name of
Jesus, my Savior, I pray. Amen.
2012 by Steven R. Perkins