by Ahmed
 
The cheerful little 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.
"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 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 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 the 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 God. He is waiting for us to give up the cheap things in our lives so that he can give us beautiful treasures.
Are you holding onto things that God wants you to let go of?
Are you holding on to harmful or unnecessary partners, relationships, 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.

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3 comments:

  1. Awesome... And heart-moving Story!!!!

    Thanks so much for this enriching treatise...!

    +Bishop Nathan

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  2. Dear Junaid AA

    Excellent - The Almighty Allah has jeweled you with the glitter of excellence and you know the art of educating people. Sharing good and authentic knowledge is 'real propagation'. Wonderful Article 'Glistering White Pearls Necklace'.

    Allah the Almighty is very Kind and He is always pleased to give more and more to His people, and never takes away anything - but we lose His gifts for our own mistakes.

    Brother Junaid you really deserve respect.

    Dear Readers

    Please read the following and share it with others.

    With lots of Duaz, best wishes and best regards

    A.S. Shaikh

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  3. Walaikum Salam Brother A S Shaikh,
    Thanks for the feedback.

    Indeed you are right in saying that
    "Allah the Almighty is very Kind and He is always pleased to give more and more to His people, and never takes away anything - but we lose His gifts for our own mistakes"

    Absolutely, He keeps blessing us in social, economical, moral, spiritual, educational, mental, familial, technical, professional, physical (health) and many many other domains but we being the ungrateful people deprive ourselves from His blessings because of our own mistakes whereas we should have developed the sense of gratitude for His blessings.

    I read somewhere the following stanza

    When your head is on the pillow
    And the day is almost done
    Count Allah's blessings
    Count them one by one


    May Allah give us the faith to fathom His acts, the wisdom to be grateful to Him in true sense and taufeeq to serve His creatures more and more, again and again.

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