To have eyes that see

Bill was the oldest of four children who grew up in a well-to-do family in the suburbs.  As the children grew up and began to marry, Bill and his Father started a tradition in the family.  Shortly before each of the marriages of the three younger children, Bill and his Dad would get together and buy a car for the new couple as a wedding gift.  Bill would secretly find out what kind of car they really wanted, he and his father would go and pick out just the right one, and Dad would buy it…

When the time finally came for Bill to be married, he received not a car from his Dad, but a Bible.  Bill was outraged.  Thinking that he had been snubbed, he tossed the Bible back at his father and stormed out of the room.  He and his bride then moved away and Bill never saw his father again.  Several years later, upon hearing that his father had died, Bill returned home to help settle the estate.  As he was going through his father’s study, he came across the Bible that he had been given for his wedding gift, and brushing off the dust, he chanced to open it.

Right in the front, Bill found a Cashier’s Check for an amount more than enough to buy the car of his dreams, dated the date of his wedding…

Stunned, Bill sat down; he just couldn’t believe it. As he sat there, he wondered how he could have been so foolish to jump to conclusions, resulting not only in his missing out of the very thing he wanted, but in destroying his relationship with his father.  Thinking of the time he had wasted, the relationship lost and the gift he now could not have, for the check was no longer valid, Bill began to weep.

I wonder how many people have missed out on a relationship with their Heavenly Father because the gift He sent them; the very gift they desire most, doesn’t look the way they expected it to look.  The gift of the Father is a gift of forgiveness, peace, hope and joy, but it looks like the Man Jesus Christ, God’s own Son.  What Jesus has accomplished for us can never be replaced and it is more precious than all of the gold in the world.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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