Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Pearl Neckace

The cheerful little girl with bouncy golden curls was almost five. Waiting with her mother at the checkout stand, she saw them, a circle of glistening white pearls in an pink foil box. "Oh Mommy please, Mommy. Can I have them? Please, Mommy, please?". Quickly the mother checked the back of the little foil box & then looked back in to the pleading blue eyes of her little girl's upturned face." A dollar ninety-five. That's almost $2.00. If you really want them, I'll think of some extra chores for you to do & in no time you can save enough money to buy them for yourself. Your birthdays only a week away & you might get another crisp dollar bill from Grandma." As soon as Jenny got home she emptied her penny bank & counted out 17 pennies. After dinner, she did more than her share of chores, went to the neighbor & asked if she could pick dandelions for ten cents. On her birthday, Grandma did give her another new dollar bill & at last she had enough money to buy the necklace. Jenny loved her pearls. They made her feel dressed up & grown up. She wore them everywhere, Sunday school, kindergarten, even to bed. The only time she took them off was when she went swimming or had a bubble bath. Mother said if they got wet they might turn her neck green. Jenny had a very loving daddy. Every night when she was ready for bed he'd stop what he was doing & come upstairs to read her a story. One night as he finished the story, he asked Jenny, "Do you love me?" "Oh yes, Daddy. I love you.""Then give me your pearls." "Oh Daddy, not my pearls. But you can have my Princess, the white horse from my collection, the one with the pink tail. Remember Daddy? The one you gave me. She's my favorite." "That's okay, Honey, Daddy loves you. Good Night." He brushed her cheek with a kiss. About a week later, after the story time, Jenny's daddy asked again, "Do you love me?" "Daddy, you know I love you." "Then give me your pearls." "Oh Daddy, not my pearls. But you can have my baby doll. The brand new one I got for my birthday. She's beautiful & you can have the yellow blanket that matches her sleeper." "That's okay. Sleep well. God bless you, little one. Daddy loves you." As always, he brushed her cheek with a gentle kiss. A few nights later when her daddy came in, Jenny was sitting on her bed with her legs crossed in Indian style. As he came close, he noticed her chin was trembling & one silent tear rolled down her cheek."What is it, Jenny? What's the matter?" Jenny didn't say anything but lifted her little hand up to her daddy. When she opened it there was her little pearl necklace. With a little quiver, she finally said, "Here, Daddy, this' for you." With tears gathering in his own eyes, Jenny's daddy reached out with one hand to take the dime store necklace & with the other hand he reached into his pocket & pulled out a blue velvet case with a strand of genuine pearls & gave them to Jenny. He had them all the time. He was just waiting for her to give up the dime store stuff so he could give her the genuine treasure.So it is, with our Heavenly Father. He's waiting for us to give up the cheap things in our life so that he can give us the beautiful treasures.
Author Unknown

Thanks to the McDonald Clan for sharing. What a beautiful story. http://myschatz.blogspot.com/

What is it in your life that you are holding back from God? What do you not want to give up? Your money...your fear...your anger? Don't miss out on the real treasure to hold onto that.
Angel :0)


Anonymous said...

Hello my name is Sarah - I am Amber's (from skywardjourney) best friend. I was leaving a comment on her blog today and saw you had left one so like any curious blogger decided to click on your link.I'm so glad I did! The story you had for today's post instantly drew me in and made me cry. My sister-in-law told it to me a few years ago and I cried then too...it is such a beautiful illustration of God's unconditional and unwavering love for us and His heart to give us what we may not have even dreamed possible. After reading the story I read your site. You have such a beautiful family and story. Your daughters are beautiful and look like they keep you busy. :-) We have a Zoe as well, she came by way of my tummy. She is our little red-head who is almost 2 and a half years old. And boy does she live up to her name by being full of "life". We hope to adopt someday but God has not yet said "Go" or opened that door. Anyway, lest I continue to ramble on I just wanted to introduce myself and let you know that I was blessed by your site today. I will continue to check in on your exciting journey through life.

Farrah said...

Oh Thank you Angel for sharing that story with us, It brought tears to my eyes...