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Topic: Fishing (06/07/04)

TITLE: Morning comes
By gillian liversedge


Wed gone fishing. I had suggested it, and the others came along willingly enough. I suppose I thought that fishing, at least, was one thing I could do well! Id failed so badly in lots of ways.

While we waited that night, I thought of the many mistakes Id made. There seemed to be so many. Id doubted and wondered, and tried to work things out for myself. Like the time that He asked us to feed all those people. How could we do that, with so little food? I knew that we couldnt, that theyd have to go away hungry. However, He knew better. Every one was fed, with food to spare, leaving the boys and I embarrassed at our lack of faith.

Worse, was the time Id said that no way was He going to be killed! I can hardly bear to remember what He said. Get you behind me, Satan. I know now what He meant. I was so full of myself then.

As I remembered those times, I of course could not but think of these last few days. Ill stand by You, Jesus! I said. So full of myself! Then when we went out to pray, I fell asleep! He asked us to watch with Him, and, can you believe it, we fell asleep. Looking back, I think He may have actually needed us then, and we let Him down. Asleep, in His hour of need. I am ashamed.

I moved on, in my thoughts. The worst was yet to come. Not only did I sleep, but I denied that I ever knew Him. While He suffered, was beaten and ridiculed, I denied Him three times, the last time cursing and swearing to make my point. How those who think themselves mighty have fallen! How low I had become!

As I waited, catching nothing, I heard a voice. Morning was approaching, and the voice from shore suggested we cast our nets on the other side. I felt a slight stirring in my heart, as I remembered a time before. Sure enough, when we recast our nets, they soon were full. We would hardly be able to bring in the catch.

Now, I knew. It was He. Quickly I put on my coat and leapt into the water. I must be with Him! Whatever He would say, I must hear! We pulled in the nets, and then had breakfast. After, He and I went for a walk.

I dont really want to say too much about the talk we had. Enough to say that I know He loves and forgives me. That in itself is truly amazing. As well as that, however, He told me that I have a part to play in His plan. I am truly humbled, and completely set free! I thank and praise Him, who is, after all, God, most high!

Member Comments
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Karen Treharne06/14/04
The story of Peter has always amazed me. God used him over and over and made him the Rock and founder of the body of Christ...the first Christian church. Who would ever have thought that this follower of Jesus, who turned from the Lord and denied the Lord, would be blessed by God to lead so many. I love our God and His wisdom and mercy. You are so right. Thanks
Marie B. Corso06/15/04
You have given us insight into the heart of Peter. Wonderful piece. Good writing.
Lynne Gaunt06/16/04
Gillian, you and I have picked the same Bible story to re-tell this week. I am so amazed how God's word always applies. I can read the same bible story many times and get a new piece of wisdom from it every time. I thought I knew this one inside-out, but your story gave me some more to think about. Well done. Thank you.
Melanie Kerr 06/17/04
"Whatever He would say, I must hear!" You brought a lovely perpective into the story.
L.M. Lee06/18/04
wonderful look at life through the eyes of Peter.
Donna Smith06/18/04
How true this is, that we beat ourselves harder than Jesus. I love the title "Morning Comes." It gives such a peaceful feeling, of new beginnings. This was a pleasure, you hooked me a few sentences in-good job. What a sweet reminder of God's forgiveness.