September 12, 2012

A Story about Blessings


Each week, when Nancy and I go to the Penn Yan Public Library, I always check the New Book section, and I am always pleased when I discover a “gem.” It happens often.

My latest discovery is a collection of stories by Dr. Sukhraj S. Dhillon in a book titled A Treasure of Great Spiritual Stories, Spirituality in Everyday Living. 

This is one of my favorites called Leather Bound Bible.

A wealthy man’s son was graduating from college, and he was hoping his wealthy father would give him an expensive sports car as a graduation gift.

On graduation day, the father presented his son with a beautifully wrapped box which held a lovely, leather bound Bible. Angry that his father only gave him a Bible as a gift, the young man left and never came back.

Many years later, the father died and willed all his possessions to the son. When the son came home, he found the gift still lying on his father’s desk where he left it. When he opened the Bible, he saw an inscription from Mathew 7:11.
“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your   children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
As he read those words, a car key with a tag from the dealer who had the car the son admired, dropped to the floor. On the tag was the date of the son’s graduation, and the words . . . PAID IN FULL.

Dr. Dhillon ended the story with this question:

“How often do we miss God’s blessings because they aren’t packaged as we expect? Do not spoil the blessings you have by desiring what you have not.”