“Papa, look!” Someone had just given a six-year-old a string
of plastic pearls, and she was bubbling over
with excitement as she ran to show them to her father.
“These are beautiful,” her father said.
For a long, thoughtful moment he turned themover in his hand and
watched them shine in the light from the lamp next to his easy chair.
Then he asked, “Will you do something for me?
Will you give me these beads in exchange for
something I will give you tomorrow?”
“Have I ever asked you to do anything that wasn’t for your good?”
“What’s that?” asked the little girl.
“You’ll see tomorrow,” her father replied.
The little girl’s eyes betrayed her inward struggle.
“It’s up to you,” the father said. “You don’t have to make the trade just
because I am asking you to, but have I ever asked you
to do anything that wasn’t for your good?
Can you trust that I know best?”
It wasn’t easy, but the little girl handed the beads to her father.
He slipped them into his pocket, and gave her a big hug that said,
“I’m proud of you.”
The next day, the father gave the little girl a gift that was far
more beautiful and valuable
—a delicate gold chain with a genuine pearl pendant.
The little girl forgot all about the string of plastic pearls.
“I did this to teach you to trust the Father in Heaven,”
her father explained.
“Many times in your life,
He will ask you to give up something you want,
or to avoid something that to you looks good, and often
you won’t understand why.
But if you trust your heavenly Father as you have trusted me,
you will find that He always knows best.
When He asks you to give up some things,
it’s because He wants to give you much better things.”
In one of the parables that Jesus told,
He likened the Kingdom of Heaven to a pearl so rare,
so beautiful, and so costly that one man sold everything
he owned in order to buy that one pearl
We can have a little bit of Heaven here and now,
but the gifts and treasures of the spirit come at a price.
To experience and enjoy the things of eternal value,
we have to make room for them;
we have to be willing to give up some of our “trinkets,”
the trivialities and fleeting pleasures of this life.
Jehovah God satisfies the hungry hearts with good things,
but the rich—those who are too busy or satisfied with other things
—He sends away empty
(Psalm 107:9; Luke 1:53).
Will you “sell” the things of this world in order to gain the true riches?
≈ ∞ ≈
A tomorrow comes
A tomorrow goes
grows and grows and grows….
≈ ∞ ≈
While pondering on this, does everyone have this one burning question;
why do we busy ourselves endlessly going round and round in circles
chasing our envisioned pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?
Are there such promises of treasures? The quest and the attainment of it,
does it all satisfy the hunger for fulfillment of happiness and peace of our
inner soul? By the end of it all, is it worth every breath we take and every
minute that we expend our present moments for an indefinable uncertain
future? On the other hand, some of us would rather championed the other
favored route of taking charge of our lives and construct our own path to
success and contentment as to meandering and walking the path which
the Lord God above has mapped out for us.
Patience and Faith is called for while heeding the voice of God in directing
us to which streams or rivers we should flow and swim along. Though all
of us struggle with the long and winding road of life with obstacles and a
whole load of burdensome challenges, just remember that we are God’s
clay and He is our Potter. When we plod along life’s precipices, do not
forget that a Potter is very patient when molding His clay. He needs to
reshape and remold till He is pleased and satisfied that the vessel will be
near perfect accordingly that reflects loving considerate traits along with
a great character. Through the midst of our living, we tend to be shifted
off or misshapen by drifting of from being the original intended shape but
our Potter will always be there at the wheel to fashioned us again and again.
The final product of that special beautiful piece of clay falls praise to the
molder and architect of design of our lives, the *One True God Yahweh*
who sits majestically above in His awesome heavens.
The pursuit of a successful life lies in the perception of the seeker. Though
one might achieve own’s harvest of fame and fortune, one might lose his
valuable time with himself or herself and his or her loved ones. That’s the
start of the growth of distant communication where it grows and grows
and creeps on like the vines until it’s so unreachable that all sources of
connections would have been severed. This will be the domino effect of
disintegration and dissolution of family unity, the onslaught of
misunderstandings and miscommunications which will then result in
divorces and which in turn will affect the psychological and emotional
well being of any child. The cycle of disturbed, troubled and unloved
children will have the tendency of unhealthy living standards such as
diving into alcoholism, drug abuse, sexual promiscuity, vices of robberies
and the list goes on and on.
In the aftermath of all these, societies break down and moral decay sets
in and that will definitely roller coast to a dysfunctional country whereby
productivity and resourcefulness of it’s citizens would be decreased
alarmingly and that’s a heavy critical blow of deficits that will spiral
a healthy economy agonizingly downwards. If this “distance-virus” is
not checked, remedied and healed soon enough, the country will suffer
greatly with the deficiencies of it’s people.
The irony of it all is that, though we are so closely and sometimes intimately
connected with the super linkage bandwidth of computers, there is still that
lingering tarrying wide, open, silent and empty void of interaction hovering
in cyberspace. To sum it up in conclusion, the distance between souls will
keep on germinating and growing until there is only that silent and eerie
stillness of interplay and interchange in the future.
© keziah boey – May 16th 2008