When I heard this story about hauling a net from the sea, I thought about a story that recently was all over the internet, of how a team of marine biologists was working in its boat off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa when a white shark of more than 9 feet long and more than 1,100 pounds jumped into the boat. The research team could not get this gigantic shark out of the boat while at sea, so the boat had to carefully make its way to port, where a crane had to lift the shark out of the boat and put it back into the ocean. Sometimes we don’t know what treasure is going to come out of the sea and right into our laps, do we?
Our lives can be like that as well. We can think about the unexpected often happens to us in our lives, how we have to deal with a crisis or an unusual problem. We, too, are called to remove the bad from our lives, just as God will remove the wicked at the judgment in the end times. We need to remove the debris in our lives in order to make space for God in all that we do. Perhaps that is easier said than done, but it’s something we need to work on each day.