A Parable of a Fearless Pearl Diver
In the old days, the very old days, there was a fearless 'deep-sea' pearl diver. These were the days before aqualungs.
This intrepid diver knew no fear because the pearls he sought were of great value.
He was untroubled by the deep, even when the body crushing water was darkened by depth. All risks were worth this reward he thought. This is why he dived and lived dangerously.
At various times he would struggle on the ocean's floor while a residue of streaky light fumbled around him. In his weighty clumsiness he did not find many pearls, nor did he need to. Harvesting only one or two made every dive very worthwhile.
Mankind continues this risky practise to this day. He still stumbles around the ocean beds of life. He lifts jetsam from ocean floors littered with failed anchors - torn and broken from boats during many wild centuries above.
Each captain had only sought safety when they threw their anchors overboard. Nary a thought for wealth amidst their storms and darkness, unlike the fearless diver these captains had not reasoned some contents of the sea floor were of great of value. These men looked only for the simple comfort of an anchor's provision. They thought of anchors, but failed to consider the treasures that lay beside and on their anchors.
The comfort that anchors provide should not resist the searching for these pearls of great price.
Anchors hold life steadfast through many a tempest. But, beware life's comforting anchors, because it is only through the darkness of faith and the tortured depths of the soul the pearl of great price is found.
Dive in - the pearls of God's kingdom are worth the cost, even should the price be your life.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it." (Matthew 13:45-46)
Today's Soul Snippet:
'Humility weighs nothing, while pride crushes forever.' ~ anon
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