The Monotony Of The Mundane
Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea. The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off. — John 21:4-8
What we witness in this text is a profound revelation and transformation. Exhausted from a night of fruitless fishing, the disciples are about to encounter the risen Christ in a way that alters their perspective yet again. They will discover Jesus is still watching and providing for their every need, even though he is not walking with them like he had in the past.
I love this story because it captures those moments in our lives when we encounter the monotony of the mundane. Every believer encounters them. They are the moments we come off the mountain and enter the routine. Then the routine becomes mundane, and sometimes the tasks become fruitless, zapping us of all motivation. I have felt this way in my career while speaking, writing, and recording these devotionals for you. I have felt this way in my relationship with my wife and the discipleship of my children. And I bet you have felt this way, too.
But it is usually here, in these mundane moments, that Jesus shows up. And what we need to do in mundane moments is threefold. First, snap out of the trance and remain alert, looking and listening for Jesus. Second, remain obedient and trust in his direction and promises. Third, when he provides, which he always will, run to him, and his great provision giving him glory for what he did that you could not in the monotony of the mundane.
Jesus is in the business of breaking up the monotony of the mundane. But we have to continue casting our nets by remaining alert, remaining obedient, searching for his great provision, and preparing for the haul. So, what monotonous, mundane task do you need to do again today?
Reflect on a time in your life when your efforts felt fruitless and mundane. How did you experience the presence or provision of Jesus in that moment, and how did it change your perspective on the task at hand?
Consider your daily routines and tasks that often feel monotonous. How can you practice staying alert and obedient to Jesus’s direction during these times, and what might be some signs of His presence that you've perhaps overlooked?
DO THIS: Identify a mundane task and be faithful again today.
PRAY THIS: Father, in the midst of my daily routines, where monotony often dims my enthusiasm, help me to remain vigilant and obedient to Your voice, trusting that You are ever-present and ready to fill my empty nets. May I always rush towards Your grace and provision with a heart full of gratitude and eyes wide open to Your boundless love. Amen.
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