The Key To Life…
Good morning beautiful people, good morning. I had some friends contact me and ask me where my daily prayer was for Tuesday. Some checked back yesterday to see if they missed it and there was no prayer post for that day. One friend was bold enough to ask the question, did you lock yourself out? Some of my friends, they know me way too well.
I was working on an outreach project for a ministry that I am involved in. Doing outreach is like taking a kid to the candy store for me, I just love it. I was multi-tasking in between laundry and other things that evening and hurried right on out without my keys. It was getting a bit late when I returned home and discovered I had no keys. It’s not a big problem when you have family. I called my sister and asked if I could sleep on her couch. You are welcome to come, she said a few towns away, but I have no couch. She replaced her couch with two recliners. I texted my daughter and went to her home for the night. The sounds of the aquarium kept my eyes open longer than usual Monday night, as the fish enjoyed their swim around the tank that rested on the stand, by my head. I thought a lot about life and the many issues in the world last Monday night. I prayed a lot for issues such as homelessness, addiction and so much more. I thanked God for Jesus. He is the key to all of life’s issues.
Let’s Read John 21 together this morning. Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymusb]”>[), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “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. Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered. He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead. When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!” Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” Because of this, the rumor spread among the believers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?” This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true. Jesus 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…..
I asked my neighbor to pray about my keys. I asked several folks to pray about my keys. The neighbors text read maybe they slipped down into the couch and that’s exactly where they were. The lost has been found.
Maybe today you feel lost, you feel like you are losing hope. Have a talk with Jesus (pray), read some scripture, ask and receive some help, stay strong and let him show you the best way to take. If he can tell his disciples where to fish, and they can catch an abundance ask for his help today. He can lead you too. Amen? Amen.
Have a blessed day God’s most beautiful people. Jesus is the key.