John 21:7 – Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea. 8 But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish.
Jesus was alive, but life was different. Peter had seen the Lord, but things were not the same. The change clearly was more than Peter was prepared to handle so he figured he would solve the problem by just going back to being a fisherman. Its not that he was giving up, but then again… it is like he had lost heart. He had left everything and now was going fishing; something that he knew well. He was probably still dealing with the separation from the Savior and he couldn’t “forget about it”. It was probably comforting for him to fish until he realized it was morning and they had caught nothing. Then they hear a voice saying to cast their nets on the right side and they have fish in abundance. Just like Peter’s first encounter. When he hears it is Jesus, He leaves everything. He forgets what he was doing because that which used to comfort him is no longer his comfort ever since Jesus.
Life can get challenging especially for those of us who have lost someone close to us and then have to continue life without them. Things just do not seem right. In the midst of of the change and overwhelming feelings, Jesus will always show up to change our focus. He wants our attention. No matter what you are doing at that moment, forget about it! If its important, forget about it! Jesus is more important than your habits and your past.