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That Darn Pearl!

November 12, 2014 1 comment

What’s the good word? I have had a series of ups and downs lately. Nothing big, but a series of irritations, so to speak. Truth is I was saying to folks, “I’m not letting it bother me!” Truth is I came out of my sabbatical telling myself that I can sweat the small stuff, the things that really will be inconsequential in the long run. But the REAL truth is, I really WAS letting it get to me. God has a way when we pray to show up. I had prayed the last two night on my nightly walk with our dog Aurora. And wouldn’t you know it, this morning flipping through the radio station, I heard a pastor tell this story:

It all begins with a grain of sand that gets into the oyster’s shell and this irritates the oyster so terribly. No matter what the oyster does it cannot rid itself of the little grain of sand.‘0h my,’ says the oyster, ‘this is terrible, I have a big problem here, what am I going to do about this, how can I get rid of this problem?’ Try what it may nothing worked. The grain of sand was there to stay. The oyster spends its days thinking about how to get rid of this grain of sand. After a while the oyster decides to pray and meditate and to ask for guidance from the powers above. The oyster meditates for a long time. It understands that it was never going to get rid of the grain of sand. The oyster finally accepts the fact that it has no choice but to live with the problem.
After more reflection it occurs to the oyster to change its approach to the problem. The oyster instead of being irritated slowly and with great love and patience begins to engulf the grain of sand with warmth and love. Lo and behold the grain of sand begins to soften and slowly grow. With amazement the oyster watches the little grain of sand as it grows and grows, and eventually turns into a beautiful, smooth, shiny velvety little pearl. When the oyster succeeds in doing this, it is satisfied and is very happy with itself. It has not only rid itself of the problem but has gained wealth and value.
Sometimes we need the little irritations and have to go through them in order to harvest our inner pearl. God wants to grow something inside of me, God sees something I need to work on. The Scriptures talk about how God is the Potter and we are the clay, we are being molded by God in our lives. It is these irritations in life that God is using not to punish us but to mold us into what we are to become. The key is to past the test that is uniquely our own that God is giving to each one of us individually. If we aren’t growing, we aren’t truly walking our discipleship walk. If we were, we would be allowing God to transform our heart and renew our minds. I need to do that now, in this instance. Let me get to working on my pearl! And that’s the good word for today.
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