Posted by: springsinthedesert | July 16, 2010

Real Treasures In Return

The cheerful little girl 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 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 and in no time you can save enough money to buy them for yourself. Your birthday’s only a week away and you might get another crisp dollar from grandma.”

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 neighbor and asked Mrs. McJames if she could pick dandelions for ten cents.

On her birthday, grandma did give her another new dollar bill 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, 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 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 as 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 very favorite.”

“That’s okay, honey. Daddy loves you. Good night.” And he brushed her cheek with a kiss.

About a week later, after 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 is 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. 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 quiver she finally said, “Here, daddy. This is for you.”

With tears gathering in his own eyes, Jenny’s daddy reached out with one hand to take the dime-store necklace, and with the other hand reached into his pocket and pulled out a blue velvet case with a strand of genuine pearls and 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 is waiting her us to give up the cheap things in our lives so that he can give us beautiful treasures. Isn’t God good? Are you holding onto things that God wants you to let go of? Are you holding on to harmful habits and activities that you have come so attached to that it seems impossible to let go?Sometimes it is so hard to see what is in the other hand but do believe this one thing… God will never take away something without giving you something better in its place.

                                                                                   Author Unknown

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Responses

  1. Thank you, dear Rani . . .I will be asking Him what I’m holding back from Him, ready to give it all. Much love and prayers for you . . .and all the pearls you could ever hold from your Jesus! deb

    • Deb, It occurred to me as I read this that maybe it’s cookies and ice cream, then I saw you were the first to comment. Hmmmmm. Peace, Linda

  2. Haha,I love this.And my name is Jenny 🙂
    i found your blog through a Google alert for Jenny’s Treasures,and I’m really glad I you.

  3. I love this one Rani. Great story. Sometimes it is hard to give up things we hold so close and we do not realize that our father is waiting to give us something better….

  4. Thanks for this post Rani. May God help each one of us not to hold on to the ‘plastic pearls’ but go for the genuine one kept in store for us. I need God’s help, not to hold on to what I can see and what my reasoning tells me instead of being sure of what I hope for and certain of what I do not see. May God in His grace help us to trust Him. Be richly blessed Rani!

  5. Rani, What a great story. I wonder how many times it has taken me more than three times of Him asking me before I would give up the dime-store pearls? What treasure am I missing out on? I suspect it is the gift of being closer to Him. Peace, Linda

  6. Rani,
    what a great message, it is so indicative of how we really are in life. Thanks for the great story
    God Bless
    Jim


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