The meaning behind the name of Stringing Pearls Bible Study Ministry is really quite simple. It is a combination of a few things that I absolutely love rolled into one pretty package!
First of all, let’s face it: I’m a bit of a girlie girl and therefore I love jewelry! I love making it as much as wearing it and one of my most favorite beads to create with is the pearl. It gorgeous to look at, smooth to the touch, and organic in nature. Every pearl begins “life” as a little speck and over time, is formed into something miraculous. Just like us. Every single one is different and has its own beauty, luster, and worth. Just like each of us.
Second, “stringing pearls” is sort of a metaphor for a form of teaching scripture dating back to the earliest of rabbis. They would take a bit of scripture, weave it into personal stories and experiences, and then link all that up with other scriptures. This helped create relevance to daily life, thus making scripture easier to remember. This is where we get the phrase “pearls of wisdom” and the way I LOVE to learn and teach scripture myself!
Third, pearls are often lovingly hand strung on strong silk threads to create strands of every imaginable shape and length. The Bible reminds me of this same concept. Each individual book – while independently created – is lovingly tied together to create a strong, solid, unchangeable, and beautifully made living book with purpose. The Bible isn’t just a collection of books sitting on a bookshelf that you can remove one at a time. If you just took ONE book out, you’d lose the beauty, meaning, and purpose of the whole. Same thing with a strand of pearls. If you cut one bead off the strand, it no longer serves the purpose for which it was created. God knew what He was doing as He inspired the writers of each and every one of those beautiful books. He – as only a master artist can do – strung together individual parts to create something gloriously alive with hope, peace, joy, forgiveness, love, salvation, and therefore – POSSIBILITY.
“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12, NIV.
“A capable, intelligent, and virtuous woman—who is he who can find her? She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far above rubies or pearls.” Proverbs 31:10, AMP.
So there you have it. Stringing Pearls. A rather fitting name for a women’s Bible study ministry, don’t you think?
Take a minute or two today to think about the “pearls” in your life. All the things that are interconnected – your past, the present, and the delicious possibilities of your future. He connected them for you with His holy and might hand. Will you work together with The Master Artist to keep adding to that beautiful strand and watch it drape your life with gorgeous blessings and possibility? Or will you allow uncertainty and/or negative past experiences to let that silky cord fray and age until it breaks? It’s up to you, my friends.
Up next Monday: Thinking good thoughts…!