Those who know me well--will tell you that I am not hung up on possessions and almost anything I have if you asked me, I would give to you. One of the things I cherish deeply is my mother's pearl necklace. A timeless piece of jewelry, every time I wear it, I find myself reaching up and stroking those beautiful pearls and remembering. Is it a piece of great expense--I really cannot tell you, but I can tell you it is of immeasurable value to me.
How are pearls created? An oyster has a wound---to heal the wound it releases substances which create a pearl sac around the wound to aid in the healing process. Without the wound, the pearl would never secrete the two substances necessary to form the pearl sac--and with time layer after layer of pearl is built to create this beautiful stone. This thing of great beauty would have never been created without first the wound.
So it is with our hearts---a thing of great and unimaginable beauty can be created after a great and painful wound to the very source of our being. God provides the balms that heal our hearts and the resulting beauty of the healed heart is a reflection of the Great Physician's work. With each re-opening of the wound, another layer of balm is applied and the resulting gem grows larger and more beautiful. Our heart begins to take the shape of the Savior's love and is buffed to a high sheen with application after application of grace.
Perhaps the reason that Jesus tells a parable using a pearl of great price is for this very reason. He knew what was necessary to create this beautiful gem. A beautiful pearl is only created after a great wound and the deeper the wound--the more beautiful the pearl. The Master also told us to not cast our pearls before swine--I finally get that---do not give your heart to things of this world for they will tear it to pieces and cast it aside. I cherish my pearls and my heart--both are priceless treasures--which belong to Him.
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.