Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer’s best-known painting gives us the haunting image of a turbaned girl looking over her shoulder, deep in thought and gazing into the eyes of the viewer. Completed in 1665, the painting was originally titled “The Girl with the Turban”. By the 20th century, however, the reflective pearl earring hanging from the girl’s ear had become such a focal point of the painting that it became known as “The Girl with the Pearl Earring”. With only two strokes of his brush, Vermeer gave us a pearl which defines his painting.

Like that pearl, Jesus Christ has become the focal point of our lives. The light of His presence against the dark canvas of our soul has caught our attention. He has redefined our values. More than any priceless painting, this pearl of great price, this priceless treasure, is worth everything to us. If He asks us to forsake all and follow Him, we will. If following Him costs us dearly, so be it. If He expects us to sell all, consider us sold out. He is worthy of all glory, honor and praise. No wonder we call Him precious!

Prayer: Help us, Lord, to make You the focal point of our lives and make Your cross our pearl of great price. Amen.

From “The Parables of Lent – Daily Devotions on the Stories of Jesus for Lent” by Dean Nadasdy

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