Have you ever thought of how a pearl is formed? One definition says:
A pearl is formed when the mantle tissue is injured by a parasite, an attack of a fish or another event that damages the external fragile rim of the shell of a molluc shell bivalve or gastropod. In response, the mantle tissue of the mollusk secretes nacre into the pearl sac, a cyst that forms during the healing process (Wikipedia)
I can just imagine how irritating it must be for the mussel or oyster during the healing process. But what a beauty when the pearl is formed and extracted for adornment purposes. I can just think that it must feels like having an object in your eye and all you do you cannot remove it and the only relief is having it removed by the doctor, sometimes through surgical procedure. What a relief when this is all over.
As I think of the how a pearl is formed I am reminded of the following verse. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. -- Matthew 13:45-46.
We have been bought with a price and when it is all over we will be God's fine pearl. In the middle of the process God has provided all we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). The challenge of today is just a season and will pass with the process of time.