I apologise to anyone who may have been reading these articles during the past 20 years for the repetition of some illustrations. I am getting old.
A young man was about to graduate from university.
For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer’s window, and knowing that his father could afford it, he told him that was all he wanted.
As graduation day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had bought the car.
Finally, on the morning of the 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, and 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.
Many years passed and the young man was successful in business.
He had a beautiful home and a wonderful family, but realised his father was old, and thought that he should go and visit him.
He had not seen his father since graduation day.
Before he could make arrangements, he received a message that his father had died, and willed all his possessions to his son. He needed to return 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 papers and saw the gift-wrapped Bible, just as he had left it all those years ago.
With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages.
His father had carefully underlined a verse, Matthew 7:11, ‘‘If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him’’.
As he read these 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’’.
My understanding is God does desire to bless us, but sometimes we miss these blessings because our own desires get in the road.
- George Deeble, Euroa Christian Fellowship