In our continuing look at being transformed by the journey, today let’s take a closer look at the pearl.

An oyster produces a pearl when foreign material becomes trapped inside the shell. The oyster responds to the irritation by producing nacre, a combination of calcium and protein. The nacre coats the foreign material and over time produces a pearl.

Think of it like you just got a piece of dust in your eye. Tears flow to coat the offending object and hopefully wash it out. If you can’t get it out, at least you can keep it from scratching every time you blink.

So, a pearl is an irritation transformed into a gemstone.

But, the process takes time. Cultured pearls, where irritants are deliberately implanted into oysters, take three to six years to develop. Years of irritation being transformed in secret until one day the pearl farmer opens the oyster’s shell to harvest the lustrous treasure.

What about you? Are your irritations being coated by layers of patience and grace?

Transformations – 3
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  • September 7, 2009 at 6:34 am

    >Oh, what an excellent image! I just love your blog, Candee! Over the weekend your weight training example kept coming back to me! And now I have another image that I can think of when trials and irritations come my way! Thank you!

  • September 7, 2009 at 8:33 am

    >Wow, 3-6 years is a long time. Talk about patience, endurance, and perseverance in hardship!

  • September 7, 2009 at 9:59 am


    Some of those irritations do last but a brief time but then again there are some that last a life time as well. We just need to be giving thanks during everything, not just the good times!

    Great post and one I will remember for a very long time.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  • September 7, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    >My journey is full of resistance, pressure, and irritations. I'm putting one foot in front of the other by focusing on the end results.

    I'm so glad you're finding encouragement for your journeys! Pass it on.

  • September 9, 2009 at 10:06 am

    >The key is to remember in the rush of the moment that the maddening irritation which is frustrating me beyond belief is meant to work in me something beautiful–i.e. the very nature of Christ. My time seems to evaporate from me daily, and I need to be mindful of the purpose for which Christ allows those time-stealers.

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