“A pearl is a beautiful thing that is produced by an injured life. It is the tear [that results] from the injury of the oyster.
“The treasure of our being in this world is also produced by an injured life. If we had not been wounded, if we had not been injured, then we will not produce the pearl.”
Sometimes we find it almost impossible to see things from God’s perspective. We hurt, and lash out, sometimes irrationally. We subconsciously compare our situation to others we see and admire. This is something we do almost automatically. When it feels like we are being singled out, we get angry with God. (Deep down, we know better, but anger has its own weird sense of pleasure.)
God’s business is pearl-planting. He’s looking for a soft heart that can be cultivated.
His intention is never to harm, but to enrich us. When Lynn and I lost our daughter, Elizabeth, the pain was incredible. We looked and saw healthy families all around us. I began to accuse God and compare us with them. We hurt, they did not, and it seemed so unfair. It’s been awfully hard. But as time moved on, I slowly felt the growth inside. Over time it has become a pearl.
A pearl of great price, because it proceeded from my daughter’s tragic death.
Our lives have been injured; and perhaps my illness has exacerbated things. Maybe physical issues or pain is a definite part of your life. There is a myriad of ways we can hurt. At times we are angry. But remember, God has a plan. He also understands completely. When Jesus meets you in heaven–he will do so with nail-pierced hands.
“Though he slay me, I will hope in him.”
A really, really good book:
Paul Billheimer, the Christian author, wrote a book years ago entitled, “Don’t Waste Your Sorrows“. (The title alone is the worth the price of the book.) We are each have the potential of throwing away the work of God in suffering. We can literally waste the pain, the suffering, and the grief by turning our back and denouncing God to the world. It happens all the time.
(Check out my other blog on the Red Letters of Jesus. I post fairly regular there.)