The Necklace


I want to tell you a story about a necklace

A little girl saw a beautiful circle of white pearls in a pink foil box at the checkout stand while shopping with her mother one day and just had to have them.  Oh mommy 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.  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 bill from Grandma.

As soon as Jenny got home she emptied her penny bank, then after dinner she did more than her share of chores and 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 that 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 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 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 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, 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 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 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 for us to give up the cheap things (things that are blocking are real blessings) in our lives so that He can give us beautiful treasures.  Isn’t God awesome?

So I ask you….. What are you holding onto that God wants you to let go?  Are you holding onto harmful or unnecessary partners, relationships, habits and activities that you have come so attached to that it seems impossible to let go?  Do they hurt so good that you just can’t stand to let them go?   Have you been in pain for so long that you can’t tell pain from pleasure?

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.

Deu 28:2  And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.

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