The happy little girl with sharp gold curls was about five. Waiting with her mother on the way out, she saw, a circle of shiny white pearls in a box of pink clothes.
“Oh mama please, Mama. Can I find them? Please, Mama, please?”
Mom quickly checked the back of a small box of foil and looked back at the begging blue eyes on her little girl’s face.
“Ninety-five dollars. That’s about $ 2.00. If you really want, I’ll consider some extra work for you and there’s no time you can save enough money to buy yourself. Your birthday is just a week away so I might get some extra money from my grandmother.”
As soon as Jenny got home, she emptied her paycheck and counted 17 cents. After dinner, he did more than his job assignment and went to the neighbors and asked Mrs. McJames if she could choose dandelions for ten cents. On her birthday, Gogo gave her another new dollar bill and she finally had enough money to buy the necklace.
Jenny loved her pearls. They made him feel dressed and grown up. He wore them everywhere, Sunday school, kindergarten, and even bed. The only time he got rid of them was when he went for a swim or a bath. My mother said if they were wet, they could turn her neck green.
Jenny was a very loving father and every night when she was ready to go to bed, she would stop whatever she was doing and go upstairs to read her story. One night when he finished the story, he asked Jenny, “Do you love me?”
“Oh yes dad. You know I love you.”
“Then give me your pearls.”
“Oh, Dad, not my pearls. But you can have Princess, the white horse from my collection, the one with the pink tail. Do you remember Dad? The one you gave me. You’re my favorite.”
“Okay Honey, Daddy loves you. Sleep well.” And he brushed her cheek with a kiss.
About a week later, after the story was over, Jenny’s father asked again, “Do you love me?”
“Father, you know I love you.”
“Then give me your pearls.”
“Oh Dad, not my pearls. But you can have my baby doll. The brand new one I got for my birthday. She’s beautiful and you can have a yellow dress like her bed.”
“All right. Sleep well. God bless you, little one. Daddy loves you.”
And as usual, he rubbed his cheek with a gentle kiss.
A few days later when her dad came in, Jenny was sitting on her bed with her legs crossed in Indian style.
As he approached, he noticed that his chin was shaking and one tear fell from his cheek. “What, Jenny? What’s the matter?”
Jenny said nothing but raised her little hand to her father. When she opened it, there was her little pearl necklace. In a small bag, he finally said, “Here’s my dad; this is yours.”
With tears in her eyes, Jenny’s father reached out and grabbed a necklace from the store, and with one hand he reached into his pocket and pulled out a blue velvet case of real pearls and handed it to Jenny.
He always had them… He was waiting for her to donate store items so she could give him real wealth.
It is the same with God. He expects us to give up cheap things in our lives to give us good values.
Are you clinging to the things God wants you to let go of?
Are you clinging to dangerous or unnecessary partners, relationships, habits and careers that you are so attached to that it seems impossible to leave it? Sometimes it is very difficult to see what is on the other hand but you believe this one thing.
God will not take away anything without giving it a better one.
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