From Pain to an Amazing Pearl

Oyster and Pearl by Kelly Bermudez
Oyster and Pearl by Kelly Bermudez

Visual Devotion: From Pain to Pearl

Kelly Bermudez is an artist I just discovered recently and I absolutely love her work. Here is an example of her work and just the heart behind it.

I have written before about the pearl and the oyster shell as I have always been fascinated by this process. I have been that grain of sand time and time again and it seems the beautiful pearl is a long way off but I’m in the process. So many things have irritated that grain of sand… and these are the things that have formed my character best! I love how the oyster coats that grain of sand with that precious substance to protect itself from irritation.

To protect ourselves, we do similar things:

  • We numb ourselves with food, drugs, drink etc.
  • We build a wall around us
  • We get angry at people
  • We do the blame game
  • We avoid people and isolate because people hurt us!
  • We do anything except accept the irritation and let that turn into a beautiful pearl

I don’t know about you, but this is the way my defense mechanism goes into action. Believe me I haven’t always been able to turn the pain off…I had instances (and that is what saved me) where all I could do is surrender and let God do His work in me. There are days when I thought the pain would kill me! I feel in my heart like I am about to enter a similar process again soon.

What do you do when Pain knocks at the door of your Heart?

How A Pearl is Being Formed…

Interesting article on the cultivation of pearls, very informative. It explains why this process is not cheap. Wonderful video that shows how a pearl is formed inside the shell.

On Inspiration

I don’t know about you, but I get my inspiration from opening my eyes to see what my Creator comes up with everyday….it’s everywhere. I think it’s a gift to be able to just see! I love water, ocean, sky, trees, flowers, life, nature. I have always loved putting together colors and shapes, whether I made Pillows, Pottery, Painting on Silk or Jewelry. If you catch me in my favorite bead store, watch out! I see the shape of a beautiful stone or pearl and my imagination runs wild! It can be dangerous too because I will put too many designs together and buy too much! I have an over active imagination, there is no stopping it, which has gotten me into trouble because it will sometimes keep me awake at night. For years I have listened to audiobooks at night to get myself to sleep just like a little child. It soothes my mind and relaxes me (most of the time) God has also given me designs as I sleep. All you have to do is ask Him! Amazing! Here is an example on how things come together.

Appleton Farms, Ipswich, MA
Green and Rust Necklace
Rust, Green, Freshwater Pearl, Sterling Silver Necklace
Cranes Beach, Ipswich MA
I would be really interested to find out how you all get your inspiration. Please feel free to leave a comment.