God is active in the world. And unfortunately, so is evil. Good is always at odds with evil in the world. We can see this with our own eyes. It mirrors the battle that rages within us. And the battle we cannot see.
13 is only 12+1. It’s not 12 that’s the important number but the +1.
But maybe sometimes the way is meant to be still.
When I set my measure based on others or the worlds standards, I might look straight but I’m always going to be a little bit off the plumb line.
Discipleship is not a point in time but a journey. We are continually being saved and sanctified for God’s use. We are never done.
Peter and the others, they may have been glad to see Jesus. Maybe they were comforted as they listened to Jesus teach while they cleaned their nets. Maybe they were pleased that Jesus asked to use their boat. Then Jesus told them to go back out and fish.
Vacation is a special rest, a holy occasion for our family.