And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
~ 1 Peter 5: 4-7
Why Cast Your Anxieties
As a fisherman, Peter knew about casting nets, but what experience did he have with casting anxieties? Perhaps the answer comes from a very special moment during a really bad night of fishing and a well-timed visit from Jesus.
In this reading from John’s Gospel, Peter was not merely fishing for dinner. It was his livelihood. Bad fishing meant mounting worry. Jesus comes to help, though Peter does not recognize Him. It will take a friend, in this case, the apostle John, to help him recognize Jesus with them. Sometimes I need a godly friend to point out when Jesus is present and at work in my life too.