The way in which a pearl is formed is a miraculous event in itself. A natural pearl begins its life as a foreign object, such as a parasite or piece of shell that accidentally lodges itself in an oyster’s soft inner body where it cannot be expelled. To ease this irritant, the oyster’s body takes defensive action. The oyster begins to secrete a smooth, hard crystalline substance around the irritant in order to protect itself. This substance is called “nacre.” As long as the irritant remains within its body, the oyster will continue to secrete nacre around it, layer upon layer. Over time, the irritant will be completely encased by the silky crystalline coatings. And the result, ultimately, is the lovely and lustrous gem called a pearl.
In Biblical times, the pearl was one of the most precious gems around. It is often used as a metaphor for something extraordinary. People knew how rare they were and how long it took for pearls to grow. With that, they realized Things that are precious to us in life, can sometimes only be achieved through hardship and lessons learnt.
Late afternoon-early evening there was a storm and the wind came up and it was raining. It felt like it had come from no where and like it could be a storm to wreck everything. Afterwards though, the air was clean again and everything was refreshed. And there was a beautiful haze of colours in the sky as the sun set, prettier than I’ve ever seen it before. The whole sky looked like it was on fire. It was incredible. It was so amazing how after a bit of a storm, God allows for such blessing and beauty!!!
It happens after a storm, it happens in the forming of a pearl. And when that pearl has formed, God adds it to His glorious crown