The Beauty That Comes From Our Pain

“That is why for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10.

Mamas, this has been a difficult couple of weeks for me. I know that many of you may be feeling the sting of heartbreak, the stress of the trial, and the threat of a storm on the horizon. Today, I want to share a truth about one of God’s creatures that I pray will help you to see that good can be found in hardship and joy can be found in your pain.

A grain of sand makes it way into the deepest part of an oyster. It is irritating and very uncomfortable. The oyster knows that the grain of sand cannot be removed, so it will work hard to make the conditions improved.

First, the oyster must embrace the irritant. Steadfastly, the oyster begins to cover the grain of sand with layer upon layer of a unique velvety, protective substance that it naturally produces. It takes a long time, sometimes years to work in the dark, in the depths, to transform the environment inside of itself with a lasting testimony.

From one painful invader comes a precious, one-of-a-kind pearl. From the struggle to the treasure, the pearl becomes the oyster’s autobiography.

My sweet sisters, the grain of sand can be anything that causes you pain: abuse, heartbreak, disappointment, depression, grief, illness…only you can name your grain of sand. We all have one or more than one; life has troubles, trials, and setbacks. But one day, what was once your pain will be taken by God and covered with his protection; smoothing out the rough edges, giving it an iridescent shine.  Once the oyster has gone through the painful process, the pearl that is produced is so unique and valuable because they do not require any more cutting or polishing; they are simply stunning the way they are naturally formed.

Yes, something bad has happened to you. You were hurt and irritated. But an oyster never injured will never produce beautiful pearls one day, because the pearl is living proof that the wound has finally been healed. And so it will be the same with whatever you are going through. Have faith that God is working in the unseen to create something perfect from your pain.

Blessings as God is creating the pearl of your testimony,

Susie and the Help Club for Moms Team.

For more information about Susie and her ministry, Between the Gardens, visit her website, susieoneal.org.

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