BOOKS

BooksJesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written. John 21:25

 

I love books! I love reading many different kinds of books, and I have my book club to thank for getting me into reading books that others recommend. When I decided to write my memoir, I read upwards of eighty different memoirs to get a sense of how I would write mine. Some I read were wonderful and inspiring and “spoke” directly to me and what I wanted to do with my story. Others would not make my “favorites” list, but I slogged through them anyway, hoping to grasp some idea of what I didn’t want to do with my own story.

 

Today’s Scripture is the last verse of the Gospel of John. Following Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, He appears to the disciples several times. In this passage, the boys are out fishing, which is what they went back to whenever Jesus disappeared on them. So here is the Christ, on the shore, conversing with the guys in the boat offshore. They have no fish, so this “unrecognizable” man on the shore tells them to cast their net on the other side of the boat. Lo and behold, the guys catch a whole net full…and suddenly, John cries, “Hey! It’s Jesus!” And they all make their way to shore to have a yummy breakfast with their Lord.

 

Another story recorded for us to read, two thousand years later. But John ends his book by saying all the wonderful things Jesus did while on earth could never be recorded, ever. There wouldn’t be enough paper or ink or books or shelves or libraries or even electronic storage (which John didn’t mention because he had no idea about our modern day technology). I don’t know about you, but it blows my mind to think how much Jesus must have done that the entire world cannot contain it. And tell me again, why is it that I doubt Jesus can help little old me with my daily “stuff?” I’m going to make it a point to read this verse frequently as a reminder of how much power and love Jesus has for each of us.

 

Fisher of Men, help us to cast our nets where You tell us, and to believe You will change our lives if we just trust You. Amen

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