Caressing the strand of pearls between her calloused fingers she remembers the journey. Each gem was whiter than white and beheld a story of its own. In the beginning of her faith walk the “virtuous women” overwhelmed her and seemed unobtainable. But as the years passed she pressed in and took hold of one virtuous pearl at a time. With each acquisition came tears, opposition, and a new measure of faith, but she overcame allowing her Beloved to shine through her flaws.
Years later with her threads almost complete she smiles softly and the lines of age bring radiance to her face. Around her neck lay the rare pearls of virtue including: faithfulness, goodness, strength, endurance, generosity, honor, wisdom, kindness, praiseworthy, merchant, farmer, realtor, manager, importer, manufacturer, good business woman, excellent wife and mother, fruit bearing, and fear of the Lord.
She looses her breath for a moment reflecting on the distance she traveled. The once unobtainable is now laced and nestled right above her heart. She recognizes her journey of pearls has been daily embedded in reading His Word, praying with fervency, and fellowshipping with Him alone. It started with an empty thread in her out-stretched hand, and He stranded her pearls one virtuous gem at a time. Her worth is far more than rubies. She is a woman of radiant virtue.
Do you get overwhelmed thinking of the journey ahead?
Remember pearls are individual objects of beauty. However, threaded together they represent a brilliant strand of radiance. Keep looking at each virtue as one pearl to thread into your life at a time. You are not alone on this journey of life.
Lord help me to fix my eyes on Your beauty and truth. I take the thread in my hands and hold it out to You. Lord strand Your virtuous gems around my heart one pearl at a time. All things are possible with You Jesus. In the Name and grace of Jesus I pray – AMEN