The pearl is formed when a foreign object somehow enters the inside of the oyster, and instead of ejecting the object or irritant out, as most humans would try to do, the object is covered by the oyster with layer upon layer of a substance secreted from it's own body. The object that came into the life of the oyster as an irritant, instead of being cast out is turned into something lovely within the oyster.
The pearl is formed in a Living Object! No dead rock is the pearl, it comes from life. The very life of the oyster is given to the pearl. The true value of the pearl is not seen from the outside. To the world around it the pearl is just another barnacle covered nasty looking shell. To see the true beauty of the pearl the oyster must die. The oyster is ripped open with a knife in the side, before the true treasure is revealed.
It all starts in a shell a tiny little shell that strives for survival, but how can a living thing survive when it doesn't move in its life span? And to add to that, produce something that precious like a pearl? The only function a shell does is to open up and to close up again and again and again till the end of its days.
You see the secret is that it feeds with plankton, every time the shell opens up some amount of food will get inside and once that happens the only thing the shell has to do is to close up. Once it digests its food the shells rinseings remain inside. This cycle repeats itself over and over again till the rinesings accumulate and form the pearl as we know it.
One day a fisherman finds the shell and when he opens it up screams with joy, for what he has found has changed his life. How can this story benefit you? STOP reading this article for a minute and think about it!
Every irritant we come by in this life, a person, an organization, an attitude, a job, a friend , a failed attempt and anything else that really rubs us wrong, remember the pearl story and realize those can be turned into valuable pearls, given the time to process each one. So instead , thank God for the lessons of the pearl and collect enough pearls to create a beautiful necklace.