A young man was getting ready to graduate from college.
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 was all he wanted.

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.

Angrily, he raised his voice at his father and said,
"With all your money, you give me a Bible?"
and stormed out of the house, leaving the holy book.

Many years passed and the young man was very successful in
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.
Before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram 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 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.

As he read those words, a car key dropped from an envelope
taped behind 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 ...

How many times do we miss God's blessings because they
are not packaged as we expected?
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