Car in the Bible
The story is told of a young man graduating from university and for many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer’s showroom. Knowing his father could easily afford it, he let him know, that he wanted the car.
As graduation day approached, the young man waited for some indication that his father had purchased the car, but no truck arrived with a car on the back and no invitation to go down to the dealership was given. Eventually, on the day of his graduation his father asked him to come into the study and with rising hope, he entered and was told how proud his father was of his achievement. At that point, he was given a gift and eagerly opening he found a lovely leather Bible with his name embossed in gold on it. Bitter with disappointment he yelled at his father, accusing him of being miserly and as he left the study he slammed the door shut.
After graduation, the young man landed a successful job and over time he built his own business, married and had children of his own. He bought a beautiful house, had an expensive car and a wonderful family, but he often thought of the way he had left his father and realising that he was getting old, he made plans to go and visit him. He knew it was going to be difficult because he had not seen his father since that graduation day. However before he could make arrangements, he received a phone call telling him that his father had passed away and that he needed to go home immediately and take care of things.
As he drove into the street for the first time in years a wave of regret washed over him and the heartache was real. Inside the home memories flooded back and as he searched for all the important documents in his father’s study he found the Bible, just as he had left it all those years ago. Barely able to see through the tears he noted that his father had underlined Mathew 7:11 “As bad as you are, you still know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”
While he was reading, an envelope with a car key dropped out from the back of the Bible. It had a tag with the dealer’s name, and the details of the very sports car he had wanted. And on the tag was the date of his graduation and the words – PAID IN FULL.
We know that God has promised us many blessings, but often they are obscured by our own blindness or our inability to see beyond our own selfish desires. Psalms 119:18
It’s worth a thought.