Pearls are the product of pain. For some unknown reason, the shell of the oyster gets pierced and an alien substance—a grain of sand–slips inside. On the entry of that foreign irritant, all the resources within the tiny, sensitive oyster rush to the spot and begin to release healing fluids that otherwise would have remained dormant. By and by, the irritant is covered and the wound is healed–by a beautiful pearl.
No other gem has such a fascinating history. It is the symbol of perseverance–a precious, tiny jewel conceived through irritation, born of adversity, nursed by adjustment. Had there been no wounding, or irritating interruption, there could not have been a pearl. What are the pearls in your life?