Think of a pearl! Whenever someone irritates you or hurts you, ask God for more grace to foster the beautiful character of Jesus to become more like a pearl. We are more susceptible to be hurt by someone whom we dearly love. So often we place these loved ones in our inmost being, yet it is a place where only God can truly reside. When God’s love forms in us, God takes the pearl out of us and puts it on display for the world to see. Until then, sometimes God places us in the dark places to transform our lives into a beautiful rainbow colored pearl, precious, and Christ like.
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
"When God allowed my sorrow and pain to bring me to the cross, I quietly knelt in his presence. I could not ask the reason for my sorrow and suffering. There were no words before him. I met God who said that he loves me even to death. Heaven is closer to me now than ever before. My son's death connected me with the reality of death and sin, and led me closer to my only hope, Jesus Christ. Now, I have hope, not a wish, that I am forgiven and will see Jesus and my son some day at a beautiful place where there is no more pain, no more tears and no more fear."
'Hope' is not a wish, but a reality of the future, for which I am waiting with full of anticipation.