Once there were 4 beautiful girls Abigail, Emma, Cora, and Gabrielle who lived in a mid-sized kingdom. They lived in 4 little houses at the end of 4 dead-end streets. They had good families who were always struggling to make ends meet. Abigail lived in a pink house but loved all things purple. Emma lived in a purple house but loved all things green. Cora lived in a green house but loved all things pink. Gabrielle lived in a yellow house and loved all things yellow. On this particular day they each were going to receive a very special gift.
Abigail almost stepped on hers as she was sweeping the dust out of the house through the front door. She just happened to look down and notice the purple box just sitting on the stoop. Not knowing what it could be, but knowing it must be for her because it was a purple box at a pink house, she quickly opened the box. Inside was a gorgeous gift and a note…
Emma woke up frustrated. She had a bad night and she and her mom were fighting. She just didn’t think anything made sense and was very overt about how she felt. EVERYONE in the house knew Emma was in a bad mood. In fact, most think she was born that way! She had been doing her chores and griped about them all morning. She was stomping out of the house when she noticed a green box on the porch. Knowing it was for her she tore open the box. In it was a gift and a note…
Cora was returning from the market when she spotted hers. She had visions of shops and shoes, and lip balm, and anything other trinket she could buy. She ran up to the box and unwrapped it quickly. Well, let’s just say she tore it to shreds getting into the box out of excitement! She lifted the gift out of the box and saw a note…
Gabrielle got up from the flower bed and dusted herself off. She got a little water from the bucket and washed her hands. It was time to go inside for lunch. As she rounded the corner to up the porch steps she saw the box. A yellow box on a yellow porch of a yellow house might be thought of as invisible. But this box was the brightest yellow she had ever seen! She ran to the box and opened it up. Inside was the most gorgeous gift she had ever seen with a note…
The note had this written on it:
Please accept this special-order, one-of-a-kind, cupcake from the King and Queen. We think you’re awesome! We wanted you to know how much we care for you.
Abigail knew exactly what she would do with this gift. She cleaned off a shelf and dusted it. Then she placed the cupcake right in the middle of all the trinkets and trophies. She thought it was so beautiful. How could she do anything else? She wanted to admire it in the morning and evening. She loved the King and loved this gift too.
After reading the note, Emma smashed the cupcake back in the box and threw it in the trash. She didn’t want anything from the King. She had heard her parents talking about the unfair decisions and what seemed like poor communications. Her mom had been sick. They sent messages to the king but there was no response. She did not think the King really cared, though we all know he did.
Cora’s head was filled with thoughts of trading this exquisite looking cupcake for so many other things. She wondered how many shoes she could get, or clothes she could get, or money…She immediately went back to the market. She was told of a certain shop outside of the kingdom that specialized in such trades. She planned on going the next day.
Gabrielle sat down and read the note. Tears welled up in her eyes because she felt the love of the King and wanted to remember this very special day. She painted a picture to remember this day and then sat down to eat the cupcake. The cake was so moist and the icing just right with sweetness and fluffiness. She ate the whole thing, which some would have thought was too much for a little girl. She was completely satisfied. No stomach aches after that amount of sweet. No thirst. She could still taste it and she was filled with joy and peace.
What each did not know what that there was a big war coming. The king and queen wanted to protect everyone they could but each person had to decide for themselves. These 4 little girls were each given a special cupcake. If it was eaten they could be protected and would be able to remain with the King and Queen in safety.
When the war broke out, Abigail was separated from her gift and from the King. She lived in misery forever. Emma had been so mad that she did not eat hers either. When the enemy broke through the wall near her home she was taken prisoner and never heard from again. Cora found herself outside the gates making trades. She had just finished getting several new pairs of shoes that would surely bring her a boy! Before she made it back she was trapped and separated from the King. Gabrielle, who had eaten the cupcake was protected by the King and found safety and shelter with them. She lives in the joy and peace of the castle!
Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the lord laid on him the sins of us all. – Isaiah 53:4-6
What will you do with this precious gift of the gospel of Jesus Christ? Will you set it on the shelf and decide later? Will you throw it away? Will you trade it away for something else? Or, will you choose to place faith in Jesus?