April 16, 2010 | 11:39 am

Divine Disclosure: Friday – Going Fishing with God

I’m still thinking about the opening scene in John 21. It doesn’t really fit our notion of spiritual encounters. Typically, we look for spiritual moments in times and places that have an obvious sacred quality to them--cathedrals, mountain tops, and sunsets. Yet the disciples’ big encounter was while fishing, and it wasn’t a recreational outing with their favorite beverages at their side! They were working. Think of it as more Deadliest Catch than A River Runs Through It.  While it’s true that there are times and places where a sense of God is more evident, this is not the same as saying God is confined to them. As it says in the Psalms, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there” (139:7&8). Encountering God isn’t a question of where we are but whether we’re looking.