When your phone is lost- what do you do? Yes, you stop everything and think and begin searching!And search you do- until you find it!
After my first chemo treatment, I felt kicked real hard! These can be confusing times, and I just felt like I was searching, searching for answers, searching for hope. But I had friends encourage me in many ways. My friend Joan encouraged me with pearl stories. I will tell you one in my own words:
Well, in Matthew 13:45,46, there is a story that Jesus tells about someone who is searching as well. Yes, searching for something very, very valuable. The someone happens to be a pearl merchant and he is looking for only choice, beautiful pearls.He was on the lookout for quality treasure, he wasn’t swayed by just any pretty round gem; he was looking to invest in the best. When this pearl merchant finally found a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought the precious pearl! He didn’t hesitate to pay full retail price- to go after it sacrificing all.
Today, we spend a lot of time and energy on what is very important, and we are busy with our work, with keeping our schedules, with school, with recreation, and needless to say, there really isn’t time to find a choice pearl, won’t a fake one do?
Well, it is when you are sitting in an infusion chair getting chemo dripped into your body, or when you go through some other crisis, that the ‘counterfeit pearls’ just won’t do. All of a sudden when your world comes crashing down and God allows things in your life to come to a halt- when the stillness settles in, all of these very important things aren’t the most important things anymore.
All of a sudden you become a ‘pearl merchant’ on the lookout for choice pearls. Amazing how God can cause a room full of ‘grief and pain’ to be a place of true hope because many of us are searching and looking for something of worth here,and we have the time to actually discover, once again, this Pearl of Great Worth! The Pearl is Jesus. And it is ‘then ‘when we discover real treasure and we are finally ready to ‘sell all that we have’ so to speak to buy that most precious Pearl!
It is then that we start buying up each opportunity to draw near to Him, the Pearl of Great Worth. Obtain TRUTH at all costs. Then never relinquish it at any price. The truth is as beautiful as a Pearl, the truth is God loves you. (Prov. 23, “The LORD is a strong tower. The righteous run to Him and are safe.”)
Oh, wait, was that my phone ringing?