Pearls of Wisdom
Pearls are magnificently beautiful, each uniquely different from the other, yet stands out with its own intrinsic elegance. Pearls are classic as well as contemporary, they go almost with everything and are never out of fashion. Pearl is the only gem that cannot be cut without destroying its natural beauty and value. Pearls symbolises purity, wisdom, innocence, faithfulness, generosity and truth.
The creation of a pearl begins inside a wounded oyster. When a parasite, sand or any form of irritant enters the oyster, it causes it discomfort. As a defence mechanism, a fluid is used to coat the irritant with layers of saliva and calcium. This coating, called ‘nacre’, is deposited until a lustrous pearl is formed. A pearl is a product of suffering, originating from worthless matter and transformed into a valuable gemstone.
In life, you may encounter needless sufferings and pain. At the slightest discomfort, you may want to get rid of the irritant, without knowing you are in-fact getting rid of the pearl. Where there is no irritant, there is no pearl. What would you do, when you suffer needlessly? Give up, or focus on developing your pearls. A pearl grows gradually; at times, we need to persevere in the trials of life for good things mostly don’t come in easy.
A pearl is developed hidden inside an oyster, likewise your preciousness is developed in having a gentle and a quiet spirit. let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God (1 Peter 3:4 NASB). Many divers risk their life to find that perfect pearl for they know its value. A pearl develops at the bottom of the ocean in darkness, nevertheless it is lustrous and reflects light. Let the truth of the gospel shine in the darkness through you, so that God may be glorified.