Isn’t it odd that we celebrate pearls as objects of beauty yet they started their journey in a place of pain in the soft flesh of that oyster? Imagine Ollie, the oyster, doing what oysters do, living their aquatic life, sucking the good out of the water passing over their gills, when some foreign object or parasite gets past his shell and ….”ouch!” All he did was open his shell up to get some water!
Fun fact to know and tell – the color of the pearl has to do with the type of oyster, the quality of the water and the source of the irritant!!!
Can you relate? We are just going about life when some invader comes near tempting us and then we open up our shell and let it in. Then we get to process it.
Some of the pearls are white, others a bit yellow. Some may be rosy. Others may be green or even blue. But some of those pearls are just BLACK.
And we coat and coat and coat them …. Hoping they will stop hurting. (Can you imagine the size of the oyster and the size of the irritant that the Heavenly Gates of Pearl will be made from?)
Then finally we get it tucked away, inside the tender places of our heart and we may even forget about it … but every time we open up our shell it is there to be seen… and we think we have it so nicely hidden.
The Bible talks about the “pearl of great price.” I know some of my pearls have cost me. They have cost me a lot.
But as a member of that incredible Kingdom of God, I have access to the what the Treasure of Heaven paid for me that day on a hill. On that cross, He took my sin, my pain, my shame, my curses and coated them with His blood. Then He took them into the deep places and transformed them into new purpose, new life, real beauty.
Now all I have to do is give Him my Black Pearl and let Him redeem it…to take the pain away and make it into a source of testimony. Afterall, “we are made overcomers by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony.” If we have never been through stuff if we didn’t have any pearls, what would we have to testify about?
What color are your pearls?
Prayer for the Pearl of Healing
Lord Jesus, I open my heart to you. My heart has been wounded and I have tried to coat my pain like a pearl pretending it was okay.
I speak to the pain, and I say, “Come up!! Come up and be healed.’ I give the pain to you, Lord, and I ask you to take it now.
(Tell Him what hurts.
Pause and connect with the pain
and allow it come up from the
buried place in your spirit to be released to God)
Your word says you are close to them who are of a broken and contrite spirit and that you cannot deny them. So, I draw close to you. I release all the pain to you. I am letting it go. I let go of my emotions. I surrender it all to You.
I ask that you be like a poultice drawing all the pain, trauma, shock, fear, terror, and shame and bring it to death on the cross. You suffered and died for me. You bore my pain, my grief, my sorrow and shame on the cross. I appropriate all that you did for me.
Holy Spirit, come and heal my emotional wounds and bruises with your love and grace. I ask You to sever my emotions from the memories and restore my mind.
I ask that you would remove all the trauma of this pain from every cell of my body. Lord, I bless the very moment of my conception when I came to be. I bless every moment that I was in my mother’s womb. Holy Spirit, I ask that you would brood over my original DNA. Restore all vibration, frequencies, and tones within my mind, my heart, my spirit, my body and remove all things that are not of You.
Redeem the dark pain of my black pearl and make it a testimony of your grace.
I receive healing for my emotions from You, Jesus. AMEN