Devotional Scripture: John 21:1-14
"Come and have breakfast." - John 21:12
Have you ever woke from a good night's sleep and smelled coffee brewing, bacon fying, or bread baking?
Rats, now I'm hungry!
I make breakfast for my wife and I about 4 mornings a week. I usually make what I call "Apple Pie Oatmeal."
Yes, seriously . . . and it tastes better than apple pie.
While cooking the oatmeal . . . I add Splenda and cinnamon, and a shot of sugar-free maple syrup.
Then, once the oatmeal is removed from the heat of the stove top, I add an entire chopped apple that I heated in the microwave. Needless to say, I buy a lot of apples.
Then . . . I add chopped walnuts and dried cranberries. (I get mine from the bulk bins at Sprout's in Lewisville.)
I can get anybody to like oatmeal . . . trust me. If you don't think so, you need to come over one day and try my "Chocolate Cherry Coconut" oatmeal. I usally save it for the holidays or a rainy Saturday morning.
Mmmmmm Mmmmmmm good!
This story is the only place in the Bible where breakfast is mentioned. A breakfast of fresh bread and roasted fish.
The disciples have just obeyed the suggestions of a stranger on the shore. As a result, they have a boat-load of fish . . . a clear abundance of fish. Then comes the realization that the person on the shore is Jesus himself.
They come ashore . . . and Jesus is there to meet their most immediate physcial need . . . he has breakfast waiting for them after a hard night of fruitless fishing.
That is, until the last throw of the nets.
I've had more than my share of fruitlness nights of fishing . . . you come home hungry.
Jesus took the bread and gave it to all of them to eat. Fish sandwiches for breakfast. Probably not bad tasting at all after a hard night of work.
What a wonderful message for all of us making final preparations as we clear away and straighten our paths to Easter . . . that the Savior we will meet fresh again on Easter is the same Savior who feeds us in so many wonderful and unique ways. Especially . . . he feeds our souls with his presence in our lives.
God's grace (and presence) still amazes me . . . ><>
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