SAMPLE: THE OYSTER’S SECRET
SAMPLE: THE OYSTER’S SECRET
The Oyster’s Secret
Have you ever been irritated? Irritants are stuff that get in the way of your
plans, seem un-cool or bug you. Some days, something that someone
said to you can make you mad or sad, and then, the very next day, that
kid’s same old words can roll off you like rain off a duck’s back.
Let’s take a look at the oyster living in the deep blue sea. If you could
hang out with it for a few months, you might learn how to handle irritating
people and things. It has a cool way of dealing with what gets under
its skin, or in its case, under its shell.
Oysters are mollusks, which are a part of a bigger group of animals
that have no backbones. Oysters are crustaceans that live inside their
shell, carrying their skeleton on the outside of their bodies1. The oyster
opens and shuts its shell as it collects food. Often times, a piece of food
or gravel will get stuck inside the mantel or the tender part of the oyster.
This stuck piece of gravel is the beginnings of an awesome pearl2. All
oysters are not pearl oysters; the Pteriidae family of oysters create true
A pearl begins as something not wanted or an irritant imprisoned
inside the pearl oyster’s shell. When the oyster discovers gravel has
become stuck inside itself, it begins to make a substance called nacre.
This is a combo of calcium and protein. Nacre wraps itself or coats the
piece of stuck stuff. It acts like a soothing substance to the oyster. Day
after day, for months and sometimes years, this nacre continues to coat
over the gravel or irritant4. If you could ask the oyster to open up its shell,
you would see the awesome, shiny, and soft glow of a pearl. The pearl is
already shiny—no need for polishing.
What about You?
Remember you were going to hang out with the oyster? What did
you learn? With the passing of time and with God in your life, the hurts
can shine so beautifully. It is true. Just remember the oyster’s story—that
piece of stuck food or grit which seemed it would be a painful problem
became the oyster’s treasured purpose.
When you invite Jesus Christ to live inside your heart He is like the
nacre. His love is the coating over those ugly words someone said, that
rejection from your mom or dad, or that pestering sister who gets on your
nerves. Jesus allows those tough irritants in your life because He wants
you to see His good come out of them. In His time, God will work those
irritants for your good as well, if you are patient. Ask the Lord in faith
to do His “nacre coating” over your irritants. He will give you the grace
and patience to trust Him. He is just waiting for a chance to turn that
irritant into a pearl for you! Find today’s scripture verses in your Bible
and underline them.
You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good…
(21) No, don’t be afraid. I will continue to take care of you.
Genesis 50: 20a, 21a NLT
Day 2: Check It Out
There is still another living thing that makes its home with oysters.
In fact, this animal hangs out with many types of crustaceans. With
your parents’ permission, visit the library or go online to discover more
about the pea crab. How big is a pea crab? Does it hang on the oyster it’s
lifetime? What is its connection to the oyster? What did you find out?
Day 3: Check Within
When the sand gets stuck in the oyster it does something most of us
do not do. Instead of getting mad or quitting, the oyster makes a beautiful
thing from an un-cool irritation. Read Philippians 4:4–8. What does
this scripture say you should do with an upset attitude? What might you
do to keep this upbeat attitude when life gets tough?
Day 4: Check Around
Nacre is pretty cool. How? It soothes all the painful irritation that
would otherwise bother such tender parts of the oyster. Coat after coat
of nacre covers the grainy and hard irritant. Read John 13: 34–35 and 1
Peter 4:8. Like the nacre covers the gravel, what does scripture say to do
with people that rub you the wrong way?
Day 5: Check with the Lord
Pray this prayer:
Dear God, when my days are busy, and I forget to pray, I know You
are with me helping me through that busy day! Thank You for reminding
me that, like the pearl in the oyster, I am in the center of Your love. There
are kids who irritate me, which makes me have a bad attitude. God, I
am sorry because I do not want to walk around with a sad face. I want
to bring my attitude to You. God, please give me patience so I can love
others even though I do not see things like they see things. Help me to
be a friend always. In Jesus’s name I pray, Amen.
Write your own short prayer thanking God that He knows
your heart. Ask Him to take away anything that bothers
you, like a wrong attitude, and replace it with a godly one.