Even the most optimistic person senses that there is indeed reasons to be worried; leave those who have either already lost their jobs or fear losing it soon, those who have run out of resources and those who may have lost their loved ones to the pandemic.
The uncertainty around what will happen post the relaxation of lockdown is playing on every mind too.
I can’t stop comparing this current state of mind to what the disciples of Christ experienced soon after His crucifixion and resurrection. Definitely there was a sense of hopelessness and despair that drove them back to their old profession of catching fish.
St. John 21:1-14 describes the experience of the disciples who went back to doing what they were good at – fishing. They were expert fishermen however, after a whole night of toil they had not caught a single fish.
What went wrong?
An expert musician may sound rusted when he starts singing after a long break however, he may still mesmerise his audience. An outstanding sportsperson after a long hiatus may struggle to get into the rhythm yet make an impact after the initial struggle.
A whole night of toil and no fish!
Let’s pause and understand the psyche of the disciples who chose to go back fishing. These must have been playing on their minds,
- Deep pain and anguish after the loss of their master, whom they loved.
- Uncertainty about their future
- Feeling lost in the absence of their Master whom they could lean back on for support.
I am sure you feel the same in these moments of uncertainty, don’t you? Everyone does, it’s natural to feel that way.
Imagine this – when your heart is heavy, staring into uncertainty and a loss of purpose – your ability to reason drops drastically.
This is synonymous to an “emotional hijack” where your ability to perform becomes a hindrance.
In the early hours of dawn, Jesus standing on the shore, asks his disciples to cast the net to the right side of the boat. They didn’t know it was Jesus, yet without questioning follow his instructions. Lo & behold! Miraculously they have the biggest catch of their lifetime.
According to me, here’s what must have happened.
Despite being disappointed and tired to the bone after their failed attempt at fishing, they didn’t question or judge the authenticity of the advice coming their way. They were open to new possibilities.
They were willing to do whatever is necessary to be done in the situation – cast the net in the waters.
Are you open to new possibilities?
What will it take for you to stop judging yourself, others and the situation and simply do what is expected of you in the moment?
If you do, you will experience miracles in your life too!
Stay Home, Stay Safe and Stay Blessed!