Nothing truly worth doing will happen instantly. There has to be a struggle before there can be triumph. There has to be trial before there is victory. That’s why watching sports is so amazing. There is a struggle to the finish line and the sweet taste of victory is what everyone is after. However, often times we have an end goal in mind for something we want and we abandon the goal in the midst of the process. This happens for various reasons. If we stick with it, we might find a pearl at the end of the process.
Oysters. They are interesting creatures. Have you ever wondered how they produce pearls? Oysters try and reject grains of sand that come into their shell. After much frustration and persistence of not being able to get the grain of sand out of their shell, the oyster begins to coat the grain of sand with a liquid that calcifies into a pearl.
You see, the fruit of the oyster’s frustration is a pearl. Our culture of “I have to have it now” puts us at odds with what God has for us. Typically, we don’t eradicate sin from our lives in one day. It’s a process. We don’t have Bible knowledge the day after becoming a Christian. It’s a process. We don’t become spiritually obedient to the Lord in everything we do right away. It’s a process. Stick with the process.There is no destination without that process and struggle. We too often want the mountain top experiences without ever going through the valley. The reality is, the valley is where everything grows and animals thrive. Although the mountain top has amazing views that create awe and wonder to everyone who sees, the valley is where the rain falls, gives life, and allows everything to grow. Trust the process that God is for your good and that all things work together for those who love God (Romans 8:28).
Before Jesus could create an empty tomb, He had to go through the agony of Good Friday. Be patient. Keep praying. Don’t give up!