"A Diamond and A Pearl"
You my dear one are a diamond and a pearl! God calls you beautiful because of the hard things you that has formed you!
Diamonds are formed under pressure, Simply put, diamond formation occurs when carbon deposits deep within the earth(approximately 90 to 125 miles below the surface) are subject to high temperature and pressure. Some stones take shape in a matter of days or months, while others take millions of years to materialize.
Pearls are formed in a small space called their own shell. A natural pearl (often called an Oriental pearl) forms when an irritant works its way into a particular species of oyster, mussel, or clam. As a defense mechanism, the mollusk secretes a fluid to coat the irritant. Layer upon layer of this coating is deposited on the irritant until a lustrous pearl is formed.
This coating is much like the anointing oil from heaven! The oil protects us yet it does not stop the irritant or the pressure. Its the coating combined with the irritant that forms the beautiful shine of the pearl! So with out the thing pressing or irritating you there is no shine. The oil partnered with the trials produce beauty! The oil coupled with the pain produces greatness if persevered!
Beauty does come with a cost, but not like most think from a waxing strip or hurt feet from wearing cute shoes that are terribly uncomfortable but from the cost of staying in the shell of refining and forgiving those that irritate us. Beauty is formed with in the hard places.
Today I celebrated 9 years from being arrested and 9 years of freedom my husband bought me a diamond and a pearl necklace. The Lord spoke to me and told me you my daughter are a diamond and a pearl because you have chosen to shine beauty from the inside out. It is the heart that makes you beautiful and trusting God to stay at His feet in the hard process and trust Him when its unbearable.
Staying the course, staying in the process with a right heart, allowing God to make us beautiful makes us a pearl and a diamond! This put a new meaning on shine bright for the Kingdom, or I guess it could be better put by saying chose to shine bright today and everyday!