I Prayed for a car not a Bible

bible-and-keysTrust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight”

[Proverbs 3:5-6]

Here is a short story about a young man who was getting ready to graduate from university and his parents were very proud him. He prayed that his parents could get him something really big like a car as a gift. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealers showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all  he wanted. As Graduation Day approached, the young man hoped his prayers were answered  and awaited signs that his father had purchased the car.

Finally, on the morning of his graduation, his father called him. 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.

But before he could make arrangements, he received a phone call 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 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. His father had 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 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 dealers 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!.

He didn’t see this all this this time because he did not like the covering & did not even ask his father. How many times do we miss God’s blessings because they are not packaged as we expected? Trust in God & always pray to ask for guidance.