In the 21st book of John, after Christ’s resurrection Jesus appeared to his disciples while they were gathered on a Sabbath, locked in a house.
Again, he visits them the following Sabbath. He delivers to them peace, encouragement, a slice of their mission, miraculous sings and meaningful words.
But the next time Jesus shows up is on a beach.
During a work day. A fishing day. A day when some of the disciples are in a boat, on the sea, not catching a thing.
Jesus calls out, “Friends,” and gives them a fishing tip for their fish-less nets. When they follow his advice their nets are filled with an abundance of fish. In that moment, they realize it’s Jesus on the shore.
Jesus offers an invitation, “Come and have breakfast.” That gives me chills.
He’s not at some lush religious feast after his resurrection, he’s not planning is next churchy program or project — he’s serving a simple, yet significant, meal to a few friends on the beach.
Fish and bread over an open fire, a meal they’d shared before.
An ordinary, daily, necessity. Food. Fellowship. A little rest after work.
A reminder of his character. His provision and power.
It’s beautiful, imperative, and restorative to meet Christ in our rest and worship on Sundays, but I believe he also longs to reveal himself to us all week.
Intentional Sunday rest focuses our hearts and minds on Jesus so we can more easily recognize when he makes himself known throughout the week.
I believe we can. When we rest and worship on Sundays, times of praise and restoration come more easily during the week.
If we daily put down our ‘nets’ and make time for meaningful fellowship around the table, we can tap into the ways Christ longs to provide his friendship, nourishment, and ‘fishing tips’ to us.
We can invoke a little rest into the busy pace of our week.
This is why I love sharing simple, relaxing meals with my husband (and sometimes family/friends/neighbors) on Sundays and throughout the week.
To invoke worship and rest, make time for fellowship with Christ and others around your table. Invite them to come. On Sundays. During the week. Be “breakfast on the beach” type people.
Meals are a time to slow down. A time to acknowledge that Jesus is King. That he knows where our weekly activities will return most abundant if we’ll only listen to his instructions from the shore, and feast on the bread he gives us on the beach.