BEAUTY FROM PAIN?
We can learn some life lessons by observing the process of a pearl being made. Did you know that the process begins with an irritant of some kind entering the oyster or mussel? It can be a grain of sand, a piece of shell, or a parasite. Regardless, the oyster or mussel produces a solution called nacre to protect itself from the irritation. It coats the inside of the shell with this substance. Over a period of years; seven for a wild oyster, a pearl is formed!
Cultured pearls are formed in a shorter length of time; more like three years. In this case, the farmer actually inserts an irritant into the oyster to begin the process. In other words, the irritant is necessary to form the beautiful gem we call a pearl.
I was reading in the book of Exodus this morning about the children of Israel crossing the Red Sea. Chapter fourteen tells us that before they actually went through this incredible experience, Moses told them, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today,… The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.” (EX 14:13-14)
When Pharoah’s army, horses, and chariots, pursued them, God caused their chariots to swerve and brought confusion to the entire Egyptian army! Remember what Moses told them in EX 14:14? “The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.”
Ultimately, the Egyptian army was destroyed, and the Israelites walked safely through the Red Sea on dry ground to safety.
God allowed a huge “irritant” in the life of Israel.
They experienced oppression from Egypt for 400 years! When God finally delivered the news that He was going to deliver them, it required faith and trust on their part. The circumstances of leaving Egypt were not easy. They were running for their lives from the most powerful ruler in the world at that time. They were afraid!
God was using the irritant to produce a beautiful gem; solid faith and trust in the living God.
Years of walking with God had prepared Moses for this assignment. His entire life had been supervised by a loving, sovereign God. His mother entrusted his very life to Almighty God, who protected Moses life and caused Pharoah’s daughter to love him and desire to raise him in Pharoah’s household. Even when Moses acted in disobedience to God and had to run for his life and hide in the wilderness for 40 years, God was molding and shaping him. He used those 40 years of shepherding sheep to prepare Moses for the ultimate calling on his life; to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt and into the Promised Land.
Moses, the Israelites, and you and I, were and are pearls in the making!
Like the cultured pearls, where the farmer places an irritant within the oyster, God sometimes places difficulties in our life. His design is to create a beautiful, precious pearl; a precious gem that can only be formed from years of grace being produced to cover that irritant. Other times, we make bad choices and bring on the irritant ourselves. Somehow, the Creator, the Master Designer is using all of that to produce a pearl of grace in our lives.
Nothing is wasted in the life of a follower of Jesus Christ.
Doesn’t that give you great comfort to know that God is overseeing every aspect of our lives? That includes our mistakes, our bad choices, our disappointments, our trials.
So, dear friend, God will use everything for good in the life of His child. (Romans 8:28) Some irritants are lovingly placed in our lives by Him, because He wants to produce a pearl in us for His glory. Other times, we allow that irritant to get into our lives. Even then, the God of the universe uses it to produce a pearl of grace in our lives. We can entrust our very lives to Him.
When circumstances overwhelm us, and the “IRRITANT” is too great, God fights for us while we are silent. (Exodus 14:14)
I love that verse!! I don’t have to fight through the storms of life in my own strength! In fact, while I keep silent, God does the fighting! When I can’t fight, He fights for me. When I don’t know what to pray, He prays for me. (Romans 8:26)
To all my sweet sisters in Christ, I am forever indebted to you for your lives that you have shared with me. Grace to each of you! Together, we are God’s pearls!
“Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21
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