No Pearl Without Pain

John 16:33 “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

When I began trying to serve God through my writing, the world did come against me. In 2000 when the stock market bubble burst, I lost a great deal of money. Five years ago my son died at age 42. A year later my daughter died at age 49. Those blows were hard to take, but, not only had God given me the Holy Spirit as comforter, but he had led me to adopt a little Westie. She was my constant companion and earthly comforter. Whenever I was down, she could cheer me up. Whenever I became melancholy, she was by my side. Then three weeks ago we had to put her to sleep, because of numerous physical problems that were killing her. Another blow, and no one to cheer me up, and no one to pet.

Two days ago, I woke up and I just wanted to die. I was tired of trying my best and being beaten down. I didn’t want to go on any more. Later on that day, I was driving and had a religious radio station playing. Whoever was speaking started telling about oysters and pearls. He said that when a grain of sand enters the oyster’s shell, it irritates the oyster, and the oyster begins secreting a substance that surrounds the grain of sand, in an attempt to cover the sharp edges. This causes the grain of sand to continue to grow and irritate the oyster. After a while a pearl is formed from the grain of sand, and as the oyster continues to live, the pearl continues to grow until it becomes quite valuable.

Matthew 13:46 “When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”

Jesus tells a story about a man who found a pearl of great value, and sold all that he had and bought the pearl. The pearl symbolized “salvation”. I don’t like to compare myself to an oyster, but if God wants me to be an oyster, then that’s what I’ll be, hidden at the bottom of the sea and hoping that someone will find a pearl in what I write.
My prayer is that at least one person will find the pearl and will realize its value and will treasure it into eternal life.
My latest book, just published yesterday is called:
Supernatural Power Through One Law
By Andy Mealer
available on Amazon.com
There you will find something of great value.

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2 Responses to No Pearl Without Pain

  1. Found the pearl. 🙂 We’re all oysters, something is always trying to get in an irritate us. Let’s call it satan sand. As we withstand his natural ability of irritation(trials and tribulations) through our transformation, we become stronger, more faithful and beautiful in the Lord. We become a beautiful pearl.

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    • 1 Peter 4:12-19 (NASB)

      12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; 13 but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation. 14 If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. Paul wrote in Romans 5:3 “And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; It is better to suffer and serve, than to never suffer and never learn to serve. It’s good to be an oyster. Blessings, Andy

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