You can shine like a lustrous pearl.
When a piece of grit (sand or bacteria) annoys an oyster, the oyster secretes ‘mother-of-pearl’ to encase the irritant. It secretes layer after layer until a pearl is formed.
Once the pearl is formed, the oyster no longer recognizes the irritant. It only sees a new beautiful part of itself.
Each of us has grit thrown our way; relationship trouble, children with learning disabilities or behavior problems, poor health, lost income, death of loves ones, people taking what we say the wrong way, even a dream that comes to fruition and it’s not how we imagined.
We take this messy life and do the best WE can, until we are overwhelmed. With this grit, a pearl can be formed.
But, first I have to come to terms with what Jesus said.
“Blessed is the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven,” Matthew 5:3.
When you realize not only are you dependent upon God for salvation, but every aspect of your life, that’s being intimately acquainted with poverty of spirit. We can’t save ourselves and without the light we live with a dark spirit.
Only he can help you layer this grit of life into something beautiful. When you allow him to do that, you are a Pearl, my sweet sisters!
Effective change begins with first allowing ourselves to be open to change and then pursuing necessary action through His direction.
The gate into God’s Kingdom is when we face the grit of low sex-drive, sorrow, pain, disappointment or burst bubbles and know we can find no hope alone. Realizing our total dependence upon God is to be truly blessed. It’s FREEING. I don’t have to come up with the answers.
So many times, I’m at a loss and as soon as I take it to the Lord, circumstances are created or ideas pop into my head. I know these things can only be from the divine.
From each gritty experience, a beautiful layer is created within. It happens through a lifetime. There’s a layer of faith, a layer of peace that passes understanding, a layer of wonder from experiencing the Holy Spirit, a layer of perseverance, a gorgeous layer of wisdom and maturity, and lastly a luminous layer of joy.
Edwin Markham says, “Sorrows come to stretch out spaces in the heart for joy!”
When we allow ourselves to be drawn to God by our hurts and losses, we witness outcomes far beyond what we could imagine. We in turn can aid others through their grit by helping them realize ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for they will see and experience the Kingdom of Heaven.’
Embrace the grit and wash it in the Holy Spirit. Soon you won’t recognize the sorrow. Your spirit will be transformed into Christ’s luminescent pearl.
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