“Again Jesus said, ‘Simon son of John, do you truly love Me?’ He answered, ‘Yes, Lord, You know that I love You.’, (John 21:16a)
In John 21, Jesus and Peter take a walk on the beach. Jesus takes time to bring Peter back from the despondency he’s feeling after denying he knew Jesus and seeing the crucifixion of his teacher and friend.
Jesus was leaving the earth, but first He wanted to reinstate Peter by giving him the chance to assert his allegiance to Jesus again. Jesus didn’t want Peter to get stuck where he was–He felt it important to take time to let Peter set things right.
Though sometimes Peter is remembered for denying Jesus, or doubting he could walk on the water–Peter went on to lead the early church and spread the word of new life in Christ.
This made me think about another walk on the beach.
My parents brought a home near the beach to retire to and in the years before they lived there full-time, we used to spend many weekends and holidays there. It was a favorite place of mine and many of our friends also spent time there with us.
I remember the day a dear friend took the time to walk on the beach with me–to talk through how I was feeling and where I was at in coming to terms with the changes and limitations in my life, following my accidents. She shared things with me about her own journey to make a new life following her serious accident.
She said she cared about me and didn’t want to leave Australia without helping me to see the rut I’d got myself into and helping me find a way to make a new life for myself. She didn’t want me to lose sight of the potential my life still held–even though things were now very different.
That day, I wasn’t feeling that grateful for her efforts, but later I came to see how important that conversation was in helping me to begin looking forward, instead of back to what I no longer had.
God meets our needs in many different ways and uses people who are open to His leading, in what may seem insignificant instances at the time, yet can change us forever.
Aprayer: Father, Thanks that You have a plan and purpose for my life. Help me to trust You when things don’t always make much sense, and be open to learn and grow from them. Amen.
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful that God walks each step of her life with her, and that He is teaching her new things as she learns to live with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to share those things with others. You can contact her in the Sunroom, or read more of her writing on her blog there.
How has God used others to point out what needs to change in your life? Did you want to hear what they had to say at the time?
If you are feeling like you don’t have a friend to encourage you or who takes time to communicate their concern, remember that you do have Jesus. He will walk beside you, just like He did Peter. This song, “Befriended” sung by Matt Redman is a nice reminder of the friend we have in Jesus. -Lisa