Dear Treasured Pearl Of Suffering, You Are Not Alone!
"The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it" (Matthew 13:45-46).
Suffering Produces Character!
Dear treasured pearl of suffering, if your heart will bare only one thing, please just know how loved and precious you are! I love you and God loves you, and we both see you. I mourn this dark period right alongside of you. I hear your pleas for help and the cries of your heart. I've been where you are. I understand how cold and lonely it is swimming through the fluidity of unknowns. Grace is extended freely from Love Himself just for the taking. The powerful force of acceptance that you yearn for is waiting to catch you.
As much as it pains me to release you back out into the ocean, I have done all I know to do. I will continue to love you to eternity; but I personally cannot be your savior. That is Jesus' job and one in which only He is qualified for, paid the full price for, and died for! I am a mere mortal, prone to make mistakes, with my own broken blood vessels chasing after His heart.
Every Beloved deserves to know and experience that she is not only loved and valued by the God who magnificently created her, but awakens to the Truth that her worth is as priceless as the treasured pearl.
Matthew 13:45-46 gives us a stunning rendition of God's Great Love during the struggles of life using the analogy of a pearl with great price. Pearls are created when a foreign substance like sand, a wound, creeps into the oyster through either a crack or hole in the hard outer shell that protects the tender insides from harsh elements. Surrounding storms and crashing waves weaken the outer shell which causes cracks and broken shells.
Divinely, the oyster doesn't expel the irritant. Instead it decides to persevere through the adversity by painstakingly covering and bathing its wounded foreign object over and over from its own secretions inside the shell. This perseverance produced character. This beautiful pearl would never have developed had it not been for the oyster's endurance to withstand the pain.
What an unfathomable example of redemption and an example of beauty found after suffering through adversity. The alchemy developed through this period of unwanted and uncharted territory is nothing short of miraculous, designed specifically to bring out the brilliant treasure within.
Sometimes when God is developing and refining us in our school of pain, we often perceive it as humiliation and punishment in order to bury us. These opposing forces not only strengthen us, but the surrounding storms develop brave hearts who persevere. This process and development is coming straight from Love Himself. After all, Jesus is like the merchant, He values us so much, He sold everything to buy and redeem us.
Suffering in loneliness only enhances the sting of rejection. Anxious knots hold it captive. The pressures from life combined with waves of unforgiveness and lack of community create a powerful force similar to an undertow that makes us feel as if it's pulling us back out into the raging sea like a tsunami.
When we feel we're drowning in the crashing waves that have beat and pound us to the bone, we can't lose sight of the extending hands and feet of God that are trying to hold us as we actually develop strength that ignites treasured pearls in this school of pain.
To see the true beauty of the treasured pearl, the oyster must die first that was working hard on its own journey with the adversity so the treasure buried beneath the surface could be found. Talk about vibrant beauty being found, the pearl of suffering! God is there right alongside of us not wanting anyone to perish. Please fathom one thing: Tragedy leads to His Majesty!
Beautiful Beloved, don't let the fears of yesterday's guilt and today's fear pull you into tomorrow's grave. Leave what happened in the grave. We all yearn to be surrounded by love, life and community. We must tackle our Giant of Fear and move forward. Perfect Love casts out all fear and God's Love never leaves or forsakes us.
When we're washed up on the shore all alone, battered and torn, the outside appearance of our circumstances are not reflective of who God says we are. He knows and sees what's developing on the inside of our broken and decaying forms, treasured beauties. It will require work and trust as we walk out that faith being surrendered, but it will produce character and patience. Seeking God is similar to prying open the oyster; its mysterious marvels are worth the discovery.
Relationships are built on time and communication. During the turbulence of the storms, fears and insecurities hinder our bearing threshold that needs to be firmly grounded in the gospel so we will see these gifts of friendships that are honest, open and transparent and that can make riding the waves so much easier.
I pray as you're choosing to sit at the feet of Jesus, you will be able to see the love in His eyes while hearing His beating heart that shares what a treasured daughter you are and how loved and precious in His sight you are. God sees you as His prized possession, His treasured pearl. That's worth claiming!
Until next time...
Thank You For Being Beautiful You!