Jenny was a bright-eyed, pretty eleven year old girl. One day when she and her mother were checking out at the grocery store, Jenny saw a plastic pearl necklace, priced at $2.50.
How Jenny wanted that necklace and when she asked her mother if she would buy it for her, her mother said, "Well, it is a pretty necklace, but it costs an awful lot of money. I'll tell you what, I'll buy you the necklace and when we get home, we will make up a list of chores that you can do to pay for the necklace. And don't forget that for your birthday, Grandma just might give you a whole dollar bill, Okay?
Jenny agreed and her mother bought the pearl necklace for her. Jenny worked very hard on her chores everyday and sure enough her grandma gave her a brand new dollar bill for her birthday. It wasn't long that, Jenny had paid off the cost of the pearl necklace.
How Jenny loved those pearls. She wore them everywhere, to kindergarten, when she went out with her mother to run errands and even to bed at night. The only time she didn't wear them was in the shower; because her mother had told her that they would turn her neck green.
Now, Jenny had a very loving daddy. When Jenny went to bed at night, he would get up from his favorite chair, walk into her room and read Jenny, her favorite story. One night when he finished the story, he said, "Jenny, do you love me?" "Oh, yes Daddy, you know I love you." the little girl said. "Well then, give me your pearls."
"Oh! Daddy, not my pearls!" Jenny said. "But, you can have Rosie, my favorite doll. Remember her? You gave her to me last year for my birthday. And you can have her tea party outfit too. Okay?" "Oh no, darling, that's okay." Her father brushed her cheek with a kiss and said, "Good night, little one."
One week later, her father once again asked Jenny after her story, "Do you love me?"
And again Jenny answered, "Oh yes, Daddy, you know I love you!" And once again her dad replied, "Well then, give me your pearls."
"Oh, Daddy, not my pearls. But you can have my ribbons and my toy horse. Do you remember her? She's my favorite. Her hair is so soft and you can play with it, braid it and everything." the little girl said to her father. "No, that's okay," her father said and then he brushed her cheek again with a kiss. "God bless you, my little one. Sweet dreams!"
Several days later, when Jenny's father came in to read her a story, Jenny was sitting on her bed and her lower lip was trembling. "Here, Daddy," she said and held out her small hands. "I want you to know how much I love you! I'm sorry I didn't give you my necklace, but now I want you to know how much I really do love you!" With that said, she placed her hands in his.
When she opened them, there was her beloved pearl necklace. She let it slip into her father's hand. With one hand her father held the plastic pearls and with the other he pulled out of his pocket a blue velvet box. Inside of the box, was a real, genuine pearl necklace.
He had them all along. He was waiting for Jenny to give up the cheap imitation and plastic pearl necklace, so that he could give her the real thing.
Story Courtesy of S. Scott
And... so it is with our Heavenly Father. God is waiting for us to give up the cheap, the fake things in our lives. The things that imitate true beauty!
The story begs the question... "What are we holding on to? Harmful relationships, bad habits, lewd activities?? Have we become so attached that it seems impossible to let go??
There are times when it is hard to see... that which is in the other hand. Still, we must believe this one thing, God will never take away something... without giving us something much better!!
My friend, trust Jesus... He has something beautiful planned for you!