The Special Fish

I wasn’t able to go to church today, but I am told that the guest preacher gave a good exegetical sermon on Matthew 13: 45-46, otherwise known as “The Pearl of Great Price.”

 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

oyster pearl

But here in the Highlands, many people don’t travel very far, and experiences can be limited.  Things that are common every day for you and me, aren’t always well known here.

The pastor described it.  “I am told that there is a fish that men will hunt.  It makes a stone that is very precious, like gold.  I am not sure how it does this or if it is on the fish’s head, his side, his fin, or inside.  But rich men take this stone and give it to their wives to wear on their ears or around their neck.”

All in all, not a bad description.  He’s really not too far off base.

Now, I have a string of pearls that my mother gave me to wear at my wedding.  I also have a pair of earrings that match that string of pearls that we got years later in Hawaii….you know, at those booths in shops where you win a free pearl, but setting it costs a fortune.  The ones that yell “MAHALO!” as they open your oyster.  (They say “Mahalo” means “thank you,” but I am convinced it can also mean “thank you, sucker!”

But thanks to the fact that we are exposed to so much sheer data, can travel (I first learned where pearls come from at Sea World when they used to have a pearl diver), see things on t.v., have access to massive amounts of books, can look things up on the internet, there is SO much information that we have that is not available up here.  Sometimes, the amount of information that has been crammed into my brain from these sources blows me away.

Likewise, the amount of knowledge and skill that people have here, that I don’t have, also fills me with awe.  And I count myself blessed that I am surrounded by a community that may or may not know what a pearl is, but does know that it is precious, and that Pearl of Great Price is Jesus.

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