The Charcoal-Fire Tenderness of Jesus

What do you do when things don’t work out like you thought they would? Not little things. Big things. Things you had given your heart, your best energy, your trust, your reputation, your dreams, your sacrifices. Big things.

Despair. Disappointment. Depression. Disillusionment.

We are bewildered. Disoriented. Spiraling. Everything has changed. Like my own heart got ripped out. Even I failed me. What to do now?

I guess we go back to what we knew before.

Ok. I tried that. It was beyond empty. Completely fruitless.

“Friends, did that work?” echoes a voice from a distance.


“Well, try this instead,” we hear. It almost sounds too good to be true. But we have a sense about the Source.

OH! That was like 153 times better!! How did you…Oh my God!

“Come and share breakfast with me.” He says.

Wait. The last time I was around a charcoal fire I was denouncing my vows, my association, cutting myself off from Him.

How does He know to use an intimate circle of friends around a crackling, charcoal fire to reinstate me, to reaffirm me, to repair me, to reappoint me?!

“Come back to the things you did at first, your first love.”

“Will you?”

“Will you?”

“Will you?”

One for each time I’d said I didn’t. One for every time I act like I don’t. His tenderness calls me back. Back to intimacy, back to trust, back to belonging.

“Now get back out there and do the stuff I made you for!”- Jesus

I hope this is a welcome re-telling from John 21:1-17, Revelation 2:4-5, and Ephesians 2:10. I was inspired by a recent podcast from Life Center. The speaker said “Jesus was on a mission to get His disciples back on track.”

That’s my hope today for you. For me. For us!


ps. “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” (Philippians 1:6) ¡Amino!