Insight can come from anywhere. Two recent ‘Aha!’ moments for me have come from a distinguished theology professor and my three-year-old daughter.
Reading a Bible story book with my daughter, we reached the one about the miraculous catch of fish. Peter was not yet a disciple, and he and the other fishermen had had a bad night and nothing to show for it. After a morning of teaching, Jesus asks them to head out and let down their nets again. Peter protests somewhat, but reluctantly agrees. And sure enough, they catch a whole bait-ball full of fish. Peter is suddenly struck by his own sinfulness in comparison with who Jesus surely must be, and Jesus calls him to be a ‘fisher of men’.
I’ve never really got that story. But with the help of the illustration, Kaira asked exactly the right question. ‘Why is that man cross, Daddy?’ And that is the question. Why is Peter masking his annoyance? It doesn’t take too much thinking before the answer is obvious. Continue reading