Today, we are featuring an original poem by one of our residents. She has a true talent for poetry and we are certainly enjoying her wise words. We hope you do too!
Prologue to “The Making of a Pearl”
“This poem came to me as I contemplated the trials people often go through and the impact those trials often have on their lives. Many of the most compassionate people I have been privileged to know are also people who have experienced great hardship and trial of one sort or another. I thought about the scripture in Jeremiah 48:11 concerning Moab: “Moab has been at ease from his youth, and he has settled on his lees,(like wine left on its dregs)*, and has not been emptied from vessel to vessel neither has he gone into captivity; therefore his taste remained in him, and his scent is not changed…”
* used in the NIV version and makes this verse a lot more understandable to us in the 21st century.
“Nature teaches us about the process of a pearl being formed in an oyster- the irritation actually becoming the process of a beautiful jewel. This is what the Lord began to speak to me to produce this “parable” in poetic form.
THE MAKING OF A PEARL
As I looked at the pearl that lay in my hand
A lesson from nature transpired:
This beautiful treasure had started from sand
And from trials, its beauty acquired
The oyster through much irritation had come
And defensively added protection
That brought such a transfiguration with time
It produced this great gem of perfection
Could it be that the trials that come upon us
Are creating an Eternal Treasure
And as the Refiner brings heat in the fire
Mortal flesh takes on heavenly measure?
In that wonderful day when He makes up His Jewels
And He gathers us in as His Bride
We will see that all things were planned for our good
And by trials we were made purified.
Phyllis M Sizelove
October 27, 2001