What comes to mind when you hear the word “bling?” Flashy, shiny jewelry, right? So what does that have to do with being truly healthy? Maybe more than you ever realized?
I heard a wonderful teaching by Joel Osteen and the analogy he used was how a speck of sand causes a constant irritation, which the oyster or other mollusk uses to create a pearl. He talked about how we can use the little (or big) irritations in our lives and turn them into pearls that make us stronger and more Christ-like. It got me to thinking…
Pearls are my birthstone and I love that analogy because who among us doesn’t deal with irritations pretty much on a daily basis. The formation of a natural pearl begins when a foreign substance like a grain of sand is able to slip into the oyster between the mantle and the shell, causing irritation. So the oyster releases something called nacre to surround that irritation, taking a “foreign substance,” something that rubs it the wrong way so to speak and creates something beautiful and valuable as it protects itself from further damage.
We can do the same thing – use that “irritation” – whether it’s offensive, hurtful words or actions and allow God’s spirit to enable us to turn them into something valuable and beautiful. Whenever we stop before merely reacting in our natural way to an irritation and acknowledge God’s Spirit, asking Him to show us a better way to respond, we are releasing spiritual nacre. Whenever we do good to those who treat us badly or bless those who hurt us, overlook an offense or believe the best of someone, no matter how it looks – we’re creating pearls from those irritating grains of sand!
What does that have to do with being truly healthy? Well, react in anger, frustration and upset often enough to those “irritations” and we risk creating high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, heart attack and ulcers instead of the “pearl” of a gentle and quiet spirit! No matter who you are or what irritation comes your way today – there’s a pearl inside you just waiting to be formed. What’s creating a pearl for you today?