“The most extraordinary thing about the oyster is this. Irritations get into his shell. He does not like them. But when he cannot get rid of them, he uses the irritation to do the loveliest thing an oyster ever has a chance to do. If there are irritations in our lives today, there is only one prescription: make a pearl. It may have to be a pearl of patience, but, anyhow, make a pearl. And it takes faith and love to do it.” ~Henry Emerson Fosdick
An oyster saw a loose pearl that had fallen into the crevice of a rock on the ocean bed. After great effort she managed to retrieve the pearl and place it just beside her on a leaf.
She knew that humans searched for pearls and thought, "This pearl will tempt them, so they will take it and let me be."
When a pearl diver showed up, however, his eyes were conditioned to look for oysters and not for pearls resting on leaves.
So he grabbed the oyster, which did not happen to have a pearl, and allowed the real pearl to roll back into the crevice in the rock.
You know exactly where to look. That is the reason why you fail to find God.
~Anthony de Mello
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” -Henry David Thoreau
Confucius said “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated,” and it is so true.
What if, we could go through the day, knowing that opportunities are presenting themselves to us all the time???
What if, we realize that everything that looks challenging is not necessarily a problem; like every oyster in the net does not necessarily have a pearl within?
What if,we choose to go through life knowing that God is within us….and with God everything that seems impossible becomes possible???