21:1After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way.

2 Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples.

3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

It is a bit of a miracle these seven disciples “Gathered there together”. You might think that “together” would be the last thing in the world they would want to be. Their leader has just been executed possibly in part under suspicion of sedition. “Together” remains a pretty dangerous thing for them. But something has changed between the being together with the “doors of the house …locked for fear of the Jews” in chapter 20 and this being together “by the Sea of Tiberias” just eleven verses later.

The disciples remain uncertain about what to do with themselves. They are unsure what the next steps on this strange journey are supposed to be. But they are no longer hiding away in fear.

What do you do when your world has been completely shattered and then suddenly reconstructed in a new and dramatically different way? How do you respond to a totally altered reality? The inclination may be to return to the comfort of the familiar. So, Simon Peter comes up with a plan.

“I am going fishing”

he says to the other six disciples. And together,

They went out and got into the boat.

Fishing is what these men know. Fishing has worked for them in the past; it has given their lives meaning and purpose. Fishing is practical and sensible. It has always provided for them and helped sustain their lives, but no longer. This time they fished all night,

but that night they caught nothing.

Fishing is over for these seven disciples. Their lives have been launched onto a whole new trajectory. None of them could predict what the journey of this new life is going to look like, but, the evidence of history suggests they embraced their new destiny with willingness and courage.

How do I respond when the familiar patterns and habits of my life are suddenly undone?

What helps me adapt to unavoidable change in a life-giving way?