Friday, 2 December 2011

The father's gift

A young man was getting ready to graduate from the college.For many months,he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer's showroom,and knowing that 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 room.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 beautiful 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.
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 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 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 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".
Hope you grabbed a message from many times do we miss God's blessings
because they are not packaged as we expected?

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