The Lesson of the Pearl - 2005

There are some truths regarding the pearl which can parallel our spiritual experience. The natural oyster shell outwardly is very rough and unattractive, but within, the beautiful smooth and round pearl develops as the result of a grain of sand or other foreign matter which gets inside the oyster and causes what seems to be an unnecessary irritation and suffering. This all takes place in the depths of the sea. After the death of the oyster, the beautiful pearl of great value is released and revealed. The words in (Ps 42:7) "...all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me," but within, a very beautiful work is going on and one day it will be revealed.

Jonah, from restrictions put on him by God in the depths of the sea brought forth the pearl of submission. Job, from restrictions put on him by the devil in the depths of suffering and loss brought forth the pearl of confidence in God. Peter, from the depth of failure experienced in his own life, brought forth the pearl of humility.

Joseph, from the depths of loneliness, restrictions put on him by man, brought forth the pearl of communion with God. The lesson of the oyster is that, what seems against us, is really for us. In eternity, we will be most thankful for what we found it hardest to be thankful for in our life time. Things we naturally found it easy to be thankful for will mean little to us then. One would like to respond to the restrictions, sufferings and experiences in life in this same manner, and one day it will be revealed what has been developing in the heart and spirit: the life and nature of Christ coming to maturity. This is my grief and I must bear it!

The Oyster

There once was an oyster whose story I tell,
Who found that some sand had got under his shell.
It was only a grain but it gave him a pain,
'Cos oysters have feelings - for all they're so plain.

Now, did he berate the workings of fate
That had led him to such a deplorable state?
Did he call down the government, cry for election
Or claim that the sea should have given him protection?

No! He said to himself as he lay on the shelf,
"Since I cannot remove it, I'll try to improve it."
The years rolled by as the years always do,
And he came to his ultimate destiny - stew!

The morsel of sand that had pained him so,
Was a beautiful pearl all richly aglow.
The tale has a moral for isn't it grand,
What an oyster can do with a morsel of sand!

And what couldn't we do, if we'd only begin,
With all of the things that get under our skin.