When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Pearls

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I’m sure that as you read the title of this post you thought “that’s not right, it’s supposed to be when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” While that statement is true, I have a different view for you all. Last week at work we were putting up merchandise, and one of my coworkers was putting up the pearl section; she made the statement along the lines that, “it’s neat that when oysters get irritated, they make pearls.”

God instantly spoke to me, if only we looked at life like that. The proverbial phrase, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” is very popular. The phrase is used to encourage us to be optimistic and have a positive attitude in the face of our adversities. Lemons suggest sourness, or difficulty in our lives. Making lemonade suggests turning our difficulties into something positive. If you don’t know much about pearls, I will give you a brief overview. According to the National History Museum, “Pearls are made by marine oysters and freshwater mussels as a natural defense against an irritant such as a parasite entering their shell or damage to their fragile body. The oyster or mussel slowly secretes layers of materials that also make up its shell. This creates a material called nacre, also known as mother-of-pearl, which encases the irritant and protects the mollusc from it.” That is how natural pearls are made, we do however have farm raised pearls. In the process of those pearls, “an irritant is manually inserted into a mollusc to promote the production of mother-of-pearl. Nacre can form naturally around almost any irritant that gets inside the shell, creating some very unique and precious pearls.”

That whole process is so interesting to me. Whether the irritant is entered into the mollusc naturally or by force, something beautiful is still made. To parallel the two, the irritant, can be lemons, and the mollusc always chooses to make pearls, or lemonade. We all should strive to be like molluscs, no matter what irritant is thrown our way, we should try to make pearls out of the situation. Whether the irritant is by accident or divinely orchestrated by God, we should look to make the best out of every situation. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us to give thanks in all circumstances, we should strive to thank God for the irritants placed in our lives and thank God for the lemons that we encounter. All of these things are placed to form, shape, and better us.

I pray that this post blesses everyone that reads it. This week I challenge you all that whatever irritant or lemons you face, that you will CHOOSE to make pearls and lemonade.

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