For my entire life, my family has been in the jewelry business. Over the years, I’ve learned quite a bit about gemstones and precious metals, but what has always fascinated me the most is the story of how a pearl is formed.
Most people know that a pearl comes from an oyster. But not every oyster has a pearl, and it isn’t just random chance that an oyster does have one. In fact, that little oyster has to do a lot of work and endure some hardship in order to make a pearl.
You see, a pearl is formed when a single grain of sand creeps inside the oyster and lodges itself in its tissue. If left alone, that tiny particle can cause severe damage to the tender mollusk. The particle is an irritant which causes the oyster to produce a lacquer-like substance called nacre. The oyster secretes the nacre over the irritant as a way of protecting itself from the sharp edges of the granule. Those smooth layers of nacre coat the sand granule, eventually sealing off the irritation and forming a gorgeous pearl.
Now I’m sure you’ve had a few irritants in your days. Everyone has. If they aren’t handled properly, those irritants can easily become offenses that will lodge in your heart and do some serious damage and keep you from God’s best. But like the oyster, if we refuse to allow that irritant to be embedded in us, then God can’t make a beautiful pearl in our lives.
Throughout life, unfair things will happen. People will let you down, they’ll say things that hurt you, and they won’t always treat you the way you think they should. The way to insulate yourself from offense and keep your heart pure is to release the hurt to God. Just like that oyster covers that irritant with nacre, so we must cover offenses with love in order to protect our hearts from being damaged. This is not always easy and takes some work, but the result is worth it. Start by simply making the choice to forgive and declare God’s Word over your circumstance. Scripture tells us to bless those who curse us and pray for those who spitefully use us. Every time you declare, “I forgive that person and I bless them in Jesus’ name,” it’s like covering that offense with a beautiful layer of love.
Why don’t you take a few minutes right now and ask the Lord to search your heart for any “grains of sand” that have been lodged in your heart? Ask Him to help you to forgive and remove that destructive irritant. Release it to Him because you are worth it and your future is worth it. Push out the irritants and let Him turn them into beautiful, precious pearls of victory in your life.
“He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love…” (Proverbs 17:9, AMP).