Harvest of Thanksgiving: Experiencing 11th Hour Miracles (Part I)
Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets for a catch. When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.
The truth about life is you were born not for yourself but for God’s pleasure (Rev. 4:11). You have option of living all alone for yourself or burning all your life for God. The former leads to frustrations but the later produces fulfillment. Unfortunately, everybody in life is seeking for fulfillment. But not everybody has discovered the secrets of living a life that is robust and fulfilling.
Sometimes we erroneously believe that having enough money or material things of this world will give us all the satisfaction we long for. So we go for all that will give us the bounty of life and we do that sometimes at the expense of some very important virtues of life. When this is not forthcoming a lot of us get discouraged and quickly get set to give up. This may be so for some of you especially as you consider the fact that the year is going to an end and all your aspirations and plans are far from being realized. “This is eleventh month” you say, yet you seem not to have experienced “big” miracles that may call for gratitude to God from you. The truth is God can still bring about what I called 11th hour miracle on your behalf
Peter is one person in the Bible who experienced this kind of miracle. He was a professional fisherman. He went out for fishing with all his expertise in the fishing industry with the hope of getting enough fish probably for his household consumption but I think largely, for commercial purpose. Actually, everyone looks forward to make a measure of profit in every venture in life. When this is not happening, frustration and disillusion will usually be the perpetual ally. Are you also under disillusion? Are you about packing it up and giving in to fate and game of chance? The good news is that you have a glorious future and the devil is also aware of that. The fact is it is not over yet until it is over. Peter actually gave up but there was a timely intervention for him. I believe God’s intervention is still potent even within the few weeks we have before the year enters the annals of history.
When I look critically at our passage I saw some critical biblical principles and insights that were at play that brought Peter from the valley of disappointment to the height of fulfillment. Peter bounced back to life and excitement within one night. So it is possible for one to have a change of story from ugliness to beauty; from grass to grace; from ghetto to glory. Yes! It is possible to still give thanks even in the face of disillusioned situation. It happened for Peter. Definitely it can happen to you.
(To be continued next week)