Thursday, January 24, 2013
Today, I decided to take a step back on my blogs and post a beautiful story instead. I am still sore and there really is nothing new to report, so story is better.
The cheerful 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 a pink foil box.
"Oh please, Mommy. Can I have them? Please, Mommy, please!"
Quickly the mother checked the back of the little foil box and then looked back into the pleading blue
eyes of her little girl's upturned face. "One pound ninety-five. That's almost £2.00 If you really want
them, I'll think of some extra chores for you and in no time you can save enough money to buy them
As soon as Jenny got home, she emptied her penny bank and counted out 17 pennies. After dinner,
she did more than her share of chores and she went to the neighbour and asked Mrs. McJames if
she could pick dandelions for ten pence. Jenny's grandma gave her another new pound coin as a
surprise gift and at last she had enough money to buy the necklace.
Jenny loved her pearls. They made her feel dressed up and grown up. She wore them everywhere -
to school, Christian meetings, around the house, 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
Jenny had a very loving daddy and every night when she was ready for bed, he would stop whatever
he was doing and come upstairs to read her a story. One night when he finished the story, he asked
Jenny, "Do you love me?"
"Oh yes, Daddy. You know that I love you."
"Then give me your pearls."
"Oh, Daddy, not my pearls. But you can have Princess - the white horse from my collection. The one
with the pink tail. Remember, Daddy? The one you gave me. She's my favourite."
That's okay, Honey. Daddy loves you. Good night." And 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 a gift. She is
so beautiful and you can have the yellow blanket that matches her sleeper."
"That's okay. Sleep well. God bless you, little one. Daddy loves you." And 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
Indian-style. As he came close, he noticed her chin was trembling and 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. And when she opened it, there was her little pearl necklace. With a little quiver, she finally
said, "Here, Daddy. It's for you."
With tears gathering in his own eyes, Jenny's kind daddy reached out with one hand to take the dimestore
necklace, and with the other hand he reached into his pocket and pulled out a blue velvet case
with a strand of genuine pearls and gave them to Jenny.
He had had them all the time. He was just waiting for her to give up the dime-store stuff so he could
give her genuine treasure. So like our heavenly Father, Jehovah!
What are you hanging on to?
Stop storing up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where
thieves break in and steal. Rather, store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth
nor rust consumes, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there
your heart will be also. - Matthew 6:19-21
Have a great night!