Do you have a pearl necklace hanging around in your jewelry box? If you do, I want you to get it out and try it on again. If you don’t, your imagination will do just fine. Now I would like to challenge you to look at the pearls hanging there in a new way. Let me explain.
After years of challenges and thoughts of disappointment and despair in myself about the way my life had gone, I began to cry out to the Lord. I asked Him if I would ever get to the place where I could really witness for Him. I wondered about this because it seemed like all I did had the appearance of failure. I was learning spiritual concepts but then it still seemed like I wasn’t going anywhere. Ever feel like that?
The Lord responded to my cry with the picture of a pearl necklace in my mind’s eye and began to speak gently to my spirit.
“You are troubled by the circumstances you have gone through in your life. Some of those circumstances were caused by your own unwise decisions and others were assignments of the enemy. But I have been with you through each and every one of them. And now I am working with you to help you see each of those lessons in a new way.
I designed this spiritual pearl necklace especially for you. The pearls represent each situation you have experienced and overcome by My guidance and power. Just like the oyster suffers pain in growth, you have suffered pain in growth. The oyster covered his pain with something priceless. You have learned to cover your pain with something priceless as well… My glory and wisdom. Now I am lining up these experiences and putting a knot between each one so that you don’t loose any of them. As you learn to wear this spiritual pearl necklace humble, I will use you greatly. At any given moment, I may ask you to give witness to one of the pearls. I will prompt you to explain how it came about and how I helped you through. This necklace, my child, is the key to your witness in the future.”
“Thank you Lord”, I said, “Your words have brought peace to my heart”.
Over the years, I have spent a lot of wasted time meditating on ‘what if’ I had made better decisions back then. Life would have been so different. Yet, I eventually realized that even if I had made wise decisions then, I would have eventually done something that would have brought on a teachable moment for God. I was going to go through training no matter what. If not with that decision, then there would have been another down the road shortly. We can’t avoid trouble forever. God designs our lives to be filled with instructional moments from a variety of sources because wisdom is gain in those precious times of distress.
Having this spiritual necklace reminds me that all is not lost and that God intends to use everything I go through for His glory. Even when I get off track, God makes the journey useful for me and for Him. Nothing is wasted and that brings me peace of mind.