Which type of pearl are you?Cultured Pearl When God wants to develop compassion in you, He may refine you with rejection like He did Joseph when he was sold into slavery by his brothers. Instead of being bitter, Joseph’s trials developed leadership skills in him that promoted him from prison to the palace and helped save an entire world destined to famine. Natural Pearl When God wants to develop perseverance in you, He may refine you by adversity like He did Moses when he spent forty years living on the back side of the desert. Instead of remaining a victim, Moses became a victor as God used him to lead the Israelites out of the bondage of Egypt. Tahitian Black Pearl When God wants to develop patience in you, He may refine you by longsuffering like He did Mary when she pondered things in her heart for years and then saw her dream die on the cross. Instead of being filled with sorrow, however, she was consumed with joy as she surrendered her soul to God’s vision. Akoya Pearl When God wants to develop trust and confidence in you, He may refine you by hopeless situations like he did with Gideon when he was hiding in the winepress. We don’t have many winepresses where I’m from, but I know a lot of women who live in whine presses. God wants to take your bitterness and press it out of you. What’s left after the bitterness is gone is only His intoxicating love. He turns whine into wine. Freshwater Pearl When God wants to develop joy in you, He may refine you by hunger and lack like He did Paul. It was in doing without that Paul learned the secret of being content. We are no different. God is more interested in our calling than our comfort. He wants to show us that joy does not depend on what we have. Joy comes from knowing His strength.