The story of “Jenny’s Pearl Necklace” touches everyone in a different wayâ€”as we are all at different stages of our journey . . . and trusting God.
Jennyâ€™s Pearl Necklace
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.
â€œOh please, Mommy. Can I have them? Please, Mommy, please!â€ Quickly the mother checked the back of the little foil box and then looked back into the pleading blue eyes of her little girlâ€™s upturned face. â€œA dollar ninety-five. Thatâ€™s almost $2. If you really want them, Iâ€™ll think of some extra chores for you and in no time you can save enough money to buy them yourself.â€
As soon as Jenny got home, she emptied her piggy bank and counted out 17 pennies. After dinner, she did more than her share of chores. She went to the neighbor, Mrs. McJames, and asked if she could pick dandelions for ten cents. On her birthday, Grandma gave her another new dollar bill and at last she had enough money to buy the necklace.
Jenny loved her pearls. They made her feel grown up. She wore them everywhereâ€”Sunday school, kindergarten, even to bed. Jenny had a very loving daddy and every night 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, â€œDo you love me?â€ â€œOh yes, Daddy. You know that I love you.â€
â€œThen may I have your pearls?â€
â€œOh, Daddy, not my pearls. But you can have Princessâ€”the white horse from my collection. Remember, Daddy? The one you gave me.
Sheâ€™s my favorite.â€
â€œThatâ€™s okay, honey. Daddy loves you. Good night.â€ And he brushed her cheek with a kiss.
About a week later, after story time, Jennyâ€™s daddy asked again, â€œDo you love me?â€
â€œDaddy, you know I love you.â€
â€œThen will you give me your pearls?â€
â€œOh, Daddy, not my pearls. But you can have my baby doll. The brand new one I got for my birthday.
â€œThatâ€™s okay, Honey. Sleep well. God bless you, little one. Daddy loves you.â€ And as always, he brushed her cheek with a gentle kiss.
Several days later, when Jennyâ€™s father came in to read her a story, Jenny was sitting on her bed and her lip was trembling. â€œHere, Daddy,â€ she said, and held out her hand. She opened it and her beloved pearl necklace was inside. She let it slip into her fatherâ€™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 were real, genuine, beautiful pearls. He had had them all along. He was waiting for Jenny to give up the cheap stuff so he could give her the real thing.
So it is with our Heavenly Father. He is waiting for us to be willing to give up things in our lives so he can give us beautiful treasure. God only wants you to have the best.
â€”Author Unknown, Source Unknown
This story is excerpted from Part 5 of “Why Don’t They Just Quit? What families and friends need to know about addiction and recovery.”
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