The apostles had fished all night and caught nothing. They were exhausted. Early in the morning, as the sun's first rays were being cast upon the Sea of Galilee, a stranger on the bank encouraged the men to cast their nets on the other side of the boat. Since some of these men were professional fishermen, they knew that this action was completely illogical. It should make no difference which side of the boat they cast their nets on. But this time it would be different.
They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?” They answered Him, “No.” And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. - John 21:3b-6
When you are tired, it is easy to give up. But, that is when you have to buckle down, keep your perspective and do the right thing. These men could have just ignored the man on the shore. But something about what he said or how he said it made them do the right thing and try one more time.
Are there any lessons that we can learn from this story? (Hint: The answer is "yes".)
The attached picture was taken from Tiberias, looking east across the Sea of Galilee as the sun quickly rises over the Golan Heights.