The Common Places

“ It’s wonderful; to think that Jesus showed up at their work. He was interested in all their life…” ( Morgan)

When most think of the common places to encounter Jesus, they think of home, church, maybe a Christian counselor’s office. They don’t think of work, or school, a car ride, or the grocery store. 

But God does.

For Peter, Nathaniel, Thomas, James, John, and the two others the commonplace was by the sea of Tiberias. After the crucifixion,  his third and final appearance.

Jesus showed up while they were working. He waited patiently, built a fire. Started a meal and allowed them to come to him. 

They weren’t expecting him or his provision. But they got both!

That’s the kind of school year I have been having. Things have been different and more difficult. Teaching fifth-grade reading has become my thing over the years, but this year it’s been more trying to survive than actually thriving.

Yet, even in the midst of all the uncertainties. God shows up. Instructs me on how to cast my net each day. And every day has been better than I’ve expected and more than I deserve. 

Today, John chapter 21 helped me to see that God is even interested in the common places of our lives and that action is more favorable than idleness.

But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?” They answered Him, “No.” And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some. ”So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. John 21: 4-6

Uncertainty is currently apart of our circumstance, but it is not our portion. Remember that.

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