Our Ways, His Ways

Our Ways, His Ways
by Danny Tariman

“… that night they caught nothing. When it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore” (John 21:3,4)

She had never experienced this before. For several months her business had only a trickling of clients. Not enough even to pay the basic bills. Business space rental is in arrears, telephone was at times cut, disconnection notice from Meralco is common.

She wanted her jobless husband to get a job. But he can’t. He is recovering from a past illness. Trying to resolve her problems, she got deeper into debt.

She prayed. No answer. She prayed again. Still nothing happened. Just like Peter and his friends in today’s Gospel, “that night they caught nothing.”

One day, when her tears dried up – not because she stopped crying but because of her long cries, tears stopped flowing – and when she was at a point of desperation, she told the Lord, “I surrender!”

It was at that point when she saw “Jesus standing on the shore” of deliverance. Her husband, who was already over 50 years old and despite his past sickness, got an overseas job.

Often times, we are like this friend of mine. We try to resolve our problems using our own ways. Only to go farther into the sea of problems. The Bible says faith should “rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God” (1 Cor 2:5).

Are you holding on to your problem trying to resolve it your way?

Dear Jesus, strengthen my faith in you, to let go of my own ways, and let Your power work in me.

 [This reflection was first published in Didache on March 28, 2008]