Eggs and bacon. Yogurt and granola. Fruit. Pancakes. Oatmeal. Breakfast. Served with strong coffee, or Turkish tea, the meal can be savored. Or, at times, eaten on the run.
Known as “the most important meal of the day,” we have enjoyed this fare in bustling airports. Quaint coffee shops. Spacious dining rooms. Quiet roadside stops. In homes from Poland to Greece, and back again.
Hearts and lives of those to whom we minister are often shared over that second cup of breakfast coffee. Morning musings. Reflections. Ponderings. Rising to the surface in the early hours of the day. We savor the sharing. Praying for wisdom and godly responses. For that is why we do what we do. Giving Jesus encouragement to His workers. The shalom and wholeness of His invitation.
The invitation: ” ‘Now come and have some breakfast!’ Jesus said.”
On the shoreline Jesus offered breakfast to the disciples. Those men who had tripped over themselves while following Him. Those who had been called from their every day work to walk, learn, and pursue Him. Three years passed. An amazing life of miracles. Teaching. Comradery. And now. Suddenly it was done.
So there they were, as told in John 21, fishing. For what else could they do in the confusion of those post-resurrection days? And. Then. Jesus came to them. Still guiding them. This time in their fishing. “Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat…”
And. More importantly. After the fishing miracle of a loaded net. Jesus invites. ” ‘Now come and have some breakfast!’ ” There. On the shore. The Sea of Galilee. Jesus offered breakfast. There is peace in His invitation. Shalom. A wholeness of healing. As if to say, “There will be time for a second cup of coffee…and more.”
Wholeness. Peace. Extended over breakfast, the most important meal of the day.