Updated: Oct 2, 2019
Natural pearls form when an irritant - usually a parasite and not the proverbial grain of sand - works its way into an oyster, mussel, or clam. As a defense mechanism, a fluid is used to coat the irritant, Layer upon layer of this coating, called "nacre", is deposited until a lustrous pearl is formed.
Personally, I always thought the sand or irritant was always to blame and it sounds way less creepy but just like in life it's not a "thing" that get's under our skins; the reality of it is it's all PARASITES!!!! Sin seeks us out. We live in a very broken world.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of the evil in the heavenly places.
I want to pose a question to you "Do you think there is anything spiritually going on in your current situation?" Read that again and be honest with yourself. Are the things that are getting under your skin the real reason for the conflict? You have to understand that life is so complex and they are so many layers, that we seldom take the time to peel back why things trigger us. I want you to really think on these next few questions. Be honest with yourself, no one is going to judge you.
Can you think of the most recent example of something getting to you?
What caused you to respond way you did?
If you were going to respond in a way that you would be truly proud of now, what would have you done differently?
Now, take the time to really reprocess that situation and envision a different outcome. How did you feel that time?
When we are in good moods and well rested things don't bother us much. When we are not it God's word and keeping our mind on thing above, we go about life taking things for granted and assuming everything is always happening TO us. When we take things into our own strength and do things on our own way, we start to sink into a pool of parasites called blame, frustration, living life on autopilot creep. Our daily lives become a struggle and we start to drown with the illusion there is no way out. BUT remember just like those pearls, if we coat these parasites with prayer, scripture, self-awareness and fresh perspective the outcome is the triumph of a sting of graceful pearls. These pearls are not a necklace of shame rather it is a beautiful picture of God's faithfulness, grace and strength.
Just remember, you are loved, you are amazing and you are being sought out by God's love too!
Blessings and warmest friendship to you!!!