A young man was getting ready to graduate from college. For months he coveted 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 and 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.
Angrily, 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 behind.
As the years passed by the young man became a highly successful businessman. He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realizing his father was very old he thought he should see him. He had not seen him since that graduation.
Before he could make arrangements for the visit, he received news telling him his dad had passed away and had willed all of his possessions to his son. The son needed to come home immediately and take care of the final arrangements.
When he arrived at his father’s house, a sudden sadness and regret filled his heart. He searched through his father’s important papers and saw the still-new Bible, just as he had left it years ago. He opened the Bible and began to turn the pages.
His father had carefully underlined a verse: Matthew 7:11 “And if ye, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Heavenly Father, who 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 when they are not packaged as we expected?