‘I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So, they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.” John 21: 3
`Hi, what’s up? It’s the middle of the night. Is everything okay?” I asked my friend who was on the other end of the phone call.
`Yes, we are all okay,”, she paused. “It’s just that my heart is heavy and I couldn’t sleep need to talk to someone.”
As the conversation progressed, I understood that my friend, who was head of HR at a leading IT firm was forced into a very uncomfortable situation — she had to let go of /early 350 employees after the lock-down. Financial difficulty due to the COVID-19 pandemic had already started claim in more livelihoods than lives,
Financial experts have already made their forecasts for the impending recession ‘waiting us on the other side of this pandemic. Many experts are providing advice on low to survive in this economic upheaval. Uncertainty seems to be the code word of today. Only tomorrow will tell us if we will even be employed. The loans taken against our salary slips; the commitments made based on our estimation of the future — so many of our plans have come crashing down. This present situation has helped us realize how we have built our expectations of life on such uncertain grounds.
Che disciples of Jesus understood change better than most. Simon Peter, for instance, lad left a substantial career as a fisherman to follow Jesus — so had James, John, and Andrew. All of them had simply responded to Jesus’ call when He said, “Come. Follow Iife, and I will make you fishers of people.” (Mark 1:17). We know that Simon Peter lad a family and commitments — much like you and me -which could have held him back when Jesus called him. But instead of flinching from the uncertainty of following :his ‘New Rabbi’ from Nazareth, he adventurously set out for what he believed was a higher calling.
Fast forward three years and the disciples had witnessed numerous miracles. They were there when the crowd of over 5000 were fed. They were there when scores of people were healed. They even saw Lazarus being raised from the dead. People from –war and far came to see this would be ‘Messiah’, and these once obscure fishermen were now operating as the front office for the most happening movement in Israel at :hat time. Simon Peter was so famous that he was identified by a servant girl at Jesus’ –rial and crucifixion as being a ‘follower of Christ’ (Mark 14:67).
But overnight, it all changed. Jesus was crucified like a criminal on a cross. These once-popular men were forced into hiding and, even after the resurrection, the disciples did not predict or expect the visitation of the risen Lord. Indeed, life would lever be the same again.