When I dress up and want to look particularly nice for a special occasion I usually retrieve from my small collection of jewelry a pearl tie pen that was given to me by a very generous friend. It is a beautiful tie pen that usually upstages any of the ties I choose. It is striking, tadalafil prescription flawless, case and remarkably quite beautiful. I could not have afforded the pearl myself; thank you Dr. Brown for giving it to me.
Have you ever wondered how a pearl comes into being? It is not like gold which can be found in a river, stream, or mountain somewhere. It is made because of a wound. Yes, that’s right, a wound, like one you might receive if you got hurt.
Oysters are the sea animals who suffer such wounds and produce a pearl. For instance, when an irritant or grain of sand enters an oyster’s shell it grates against him so much, that it causes a wound of sorts. In order to medicate this wound the oyster puts layer upon layer of a nacre substance to cover the irritant and wound. Eventually the pain subsides after so many coverings, creating a beautiful pearl. In essence then, a pearl is a healed wound. No wound, no pearl, it’s that simple.
In our lives there will come wounds, all of which can help us turn into pearls of great beauty if we let God transform us into being more like Him, rather than the irritants we once were. With this view in mind, to let God transform us during difficult times can change our misfortunes into eventual blessings, our hurts from others into making us better not bitter, and our unfair circumstances into new life skills we could not have gained otherwise. Even a grievous handicap as some may experience can end up being a life-saving strength.
History records such a story where a handicap was turned into a strength. It is of Nydia, a blind flower girl living in Pompeii during its last days. She had not become bitter about her blindness; nor had she sulked nor sat at home. She had gone about the business of living and had earned her livelihood as best she could. Then came that awful day when Mount Vesuvius erupted and began pouring its hot lava down on Pompeii, one of the greatest cities in the Roman Empire. The doomed city was immediately darkened by the falling ashes and smoke; no one could see anything. The terror-stricken inhabitants rushed blindly to and fro, losing themselves in the awful blackness. But Nydia did not get lost because she had learned to navigate in life by touch and hearing, sight was not necessary. Hence she survived and rescued her loved ones too! Her handicap, which started off as an irritant or grain of sand, became a God-send to her and others during her darkest hour.
What irritants or grains of sand in your life do you wish were gone? Don’t wish them gone, just let God put His covering over them, layer by layer, year after year. If you do, in the end you may end up to be yet another beautiful pearl in God’s kingdom.
The story of Nydia was taken from the devotional, Streams in the Desert Volume II (January 31st).