A young man was getting ready to graduate from college. For many months he
had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer's showroom, and knowing his father
could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted. As Graduation Day
approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car.
Finally, on the morning of his graduation, his father called him into his private
study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and told
him how much he loved him. He handed his son a beautifully wrapped gift box. Curious,
but somewhat disappointed, the young man opened the box and found a lovely,
leather-bound Bible, with the young man's name embossed in gold. Angry, he
raised his voice to his father and said, "With all your money you give me a
Bible?" and stormed out of the house, leaving the Bible.
Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He had
a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his father was very old,
and thought perhaps he should go to him. He had not seen him since that graduation
Before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father
had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to his son. He needed to
come home immediately and take care of things. When he arrived at his father's
house, sudden sadness and regret filled his heart. He began to search through
his father's important papers and saw the still new Bible, just as he had left
it years ago.
With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. His father had
carefully underlined a verse, Matt. 7:11, "And if ye, being evil, know how to
give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Heavenly Father which
is in Heaven, give to those who ask Him?" As he read those words, a car key
dropped from the back of the Bible. It had a tag with the dealer's name, the
same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date
of his graduation, and the words PAID IN FULL.
How many times do we miss God's blessings because they are not packaged as we
expected? Walk in Peace, look for the blessings in all.