“Not all who wander are lost.” I love this quote by J.R.R.Tolkien. It fills my soul with a sense of wonder and adventure! “Wandering” with purpose is an exciting journey filled with new experiences and challenges that allow you to learn and grow in unexpected ways! I love that!!! “Wandering” without purpose is a little frightening to me. It might begin with a huge rush, but more than likely, results in dead ends, wasted time, and even worse, completely lost.
Peter, a disciple of Jesus Christ, had quite the journey. He had been traveling with Jesus for three years. At their last dinner together, Jesus said to the disciples “You will all fall away because of Me this night..” Matthew 26:33 But Peter answered and said to Him, “Even though all may fall away because of You, I will never fall away.” verse 34 “Jesus said to him, Truly I say to you that this very night before the cock crows, you shall deny Me three times.” verse 35 ” Peter said to Him, Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You.” You probably remember the events that followed that conversation. Peter did deny Jesus three times.
In Luke 22:61, after Peter had denied Jesus the third time, scripture says, “And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had told him, Before a cock crows today, you will deny Me three times.” 62. “And he went out and wept bitterly.”
Do you remember the rest? After that, Peter went back to fishing. Some of the disciples followed him there. (thats a whole other blog) Anyway, I guess fishing was comfort. It was what he knew. Remember they didn’t catch a thing. I can only imagine Peter’s thoughts. The guilt and shame he was carrying from denying His Lord and now he couldn’t even catch a single fish. I wonder what the conversation was among the disciples while they fished, maybe silence. I wonder. The heavy and sad hearts. Then scripture says in John 21 that Jesus stood on the beach and they didn’t know it was HIm. Jesus told them to cast their nets on the right hand side of the boat and they caught so many fish they couldn’t even haul it in. John looked at Peter and said, “It is the Lord” Peter jumped into the water and went straight to Jesus! I love it!
My heart overflows every time I read this passage. Peter “wandered” away from Jesus, whom he loved, because of guilt and shame. The guilt and shame were the reason that Jesus pursued Peter! Jesus pursued HIM! Not only did He pursue him, but when Peter swam to shore, Jesus received him, forgave him and restored him. I love it!
If you are aimlessly wandering today, stop where you are and ask Jesus to open your ears that you might hear His voice. To open your eyes that you might see His glory. To open your heart that you might receive His grace and His mercy. Y’all there is no shame or sin so great that God’s grace can’t cover it! Trust Him today. Happy Easter Y’all.
Love love love Ruthie