Thursday, 14 July 2011

Look beyond the obvious

A young man was getting ready to graduate from university. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer's showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that this was all he wanted as a graduation present from his mum and dad.

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. 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, 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. 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, leaving the Bible.

Quite a few years passed by and the young man was very successful in business. He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realising that the years were passing by quickly and he had not spent any time real time with his Father since that graduation day, he thought perhaps he should go to him and make up. Before he could make the arrangements, he received a phone call telling him his father had passed away suddenly due to a heart attack, and he 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 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.  And as he did, 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.

I wonder how many times do we miss God’s blessings and answers to our prayers because they do not arrive exactly as we have expected. As you go through your week allow me to leave you with this little thought for each day; "Today I will look beyond the obvious and allow miracles to be created in my life."