I used to think that when fish jumped out of the water they were jumping for joy! I have learned otherwise and yet still prefer to think it could be true. Fish may jump to feed on flying insects, to propel themselves upstream for spawning, to escape predators or to rid themselves of sea-lice. We jump at the chance. We jump down one’s throat or jump ship. We may jump on the bandwagon or in our family, jump in the shower. But the best jumping is when we jump for joy!
Today’s verse has someone jumping into the water, and it certainly seems as if there were joy involved! Not surprisingly, the disciples did not immediately recognize the resurrected Jesus after a fruitless night of fishing. But when the Lord miraculously filled their net, they knew who it was. Peter could not wait to get to Jesus. Rather than row the boat with the disciples that last one hundred yards to shore, he jumped in!
Would that I would jump at the chance to meet with the Lord with that much enthusiasm! Can I say with David that He fills me with joy in His presence? (Psalm 16:11) To be honest, not always. But when I recognize His miraculous hand in my life, I do jump up and run to Him with a grateful heart. It may not be a net full of fish, but His miracles are everywhere in my life; the miracle of His love and grace, His forgiveness and protection, and too many more to list!
Lord, may I jump at the chance to meet You today!