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
Once again we see how rash Peter is. They are within shouting distance of shore and rather than wait to row into shore Peter jumps out of the boat, now fully clothed, and swims to shore. From John’s description the others were not far behind Peter as they rowed to shore and in fact may have arrived at the same time or possibly earlier. Again today we see how much Peter is to all of us.
I have lost track of how many times I have “jumped off the boat” in my haste to do something or give someone an answer. As I have gotten older I have hopefully gotten better but still the urge is there to get moving, to get it done. And often in my haste I find I would have gotten everything done sooner is I had only taken more time at the start. Doing things over always takes more time then planning things out at the start.
Still, I can identify with Peter in that if I saw Jesus so close I too would have jumped ship to get to Him as fast as possible. Sometimes we want something so bad we cannot control ourselves. When it comes to Jesus that can be a good thing but in others matters we need to take a moment and make sure before we act.
Have a blessed day,