It is the time of year when many people get depressed. The political unrest, the economy, and now the earthquake. The color here in Wisconsin is blah and after a long winter, it takes a pretty hardy person to endure the long dismal days of this Season. I was cleaning stuff out and found this little story by Charles Swindoll, from many many years ago. I thought it was appropriate
The Oyster and it's Pearl
Pearls are the product of pain. For some unknown reason, the shell of the oyster gets pierced and an alien substance- a grain of sand- slips inside. On the entry of that foreign irritant, all the resources within that tiny, sensitive oyster, rush to the spot and begin to release healing fluids that otherwise would have remained dormant. By and by the irritant is covered and the wound is healed. by a pearl. No other gem has such a fascinating history. It is the symbol of stress...a healed wound an precious tiny jewel conceived of irritation, born of adversity, nursed by adjustment. Had there been no irritating interruption, there would have been no pearl. Some oysters are never wounded...and those who seek for gems, toss them aside, fit only for stew.
No wonder our heavenly home has as it's entrance "pearly gates". Those who go through need no explanation. They are the ones that are bruised and have responded to the sting of irritations with the pearl of adjustment. It is possible to endure adversity and come out a winner. When your first irritation of the day comes along, quickly tell yourself, "God is in control" and mentally make the pearl of adjustment.
I think I know very many Pearls, I just love this comparison or description, and when I get to feeling like, "shit", I think of what a pearl I will be.
If you are feeling down take a moment to think of how beautiful you are going to become from that little piece of irritation!!!