A young man is getting ready to graduate from college. For many months
he had admired a beautiful sports car is a dealer’s showroom, and
knowing that his father could well afford it, he told him that was all
As Graduation Day approached, the young 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 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 rose
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 very successful in business.
He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized that his
father was very old, and thought perhaps he should go to him. He had
not seen him since that graduation day.
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 right away and take care of things. When he
arrived at his father’s house, sudden sadness and regret filled his
He began to search through his father’s important papers and saw the
still gift-wrapped Bible, just as he had left it years ago. With
tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. His father
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 because we can’t see past
our own desires?