There’s a story about a young man who was getting ready to graduate from college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car, and knowing his father could afford it, he told his dad on several occasions that it was all he wanted. Finally, on the morning of his graduation, the young man’s father called him into his private study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and how much he loved him. He handed his son a beautifully wrapped gift box.
Curious, but 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 then stormed out of the house, leaving the Bible behind.
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 getting quite old and thought perhaps he should go to him. He hadn’t seen his father since that graduation day. But before he could make arrangements, the young man received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and that he needed to come home immediately to 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, when a car key dropped from the back of the Bible. It had a tag with the dealer’s name, and on the tag was the date of his graduation along with the words, “Paid In Full.”
How many times do we miss God’s blessings because they are not packaged as we expected? Instead, we should trust His generous heart. We should believe that what He gives will lead to what we need.
"So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him" (Matthew 7:11, NLT).