A young man was getting ready for graduation. For months he had admired the red hot Ferrari in a dealer’s showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he did not hesitate to share the desire.
As the graduation day approached, the young man awaited for the surprise. Finally, on the morning of his graduation, the father called the boy into his private study and told how proud he was to have such a bright son, before expressing how deeply he loved. He handed the son a beautiful wrapped gift box. Curious, but somewhat disappointed the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible. Disappointed, he looked at the father and said, “With all your money you have, is this how you wanted to make my graduation special?” and stormed out of the house determined never to return, leaving the holy book at the desk.
A few years passed by and now the boy was an enormously successful man in business, staying in the capital city. He had a palatial home and a wonderful family, and high reputation. One fine day, he decided to see the father, who is now an old man that he had not met since graduation day.
When he arrived at the father’s house, a sudden sadness and regret filled his heart. He began the search for his father’s documents in the study and noticed a dusted Bible still gift-wrapped, on the desk.
Before he could reach, a telegram arrived telling that his father passed away, and willed all of his possessions to his son. The man was requested to visit home immediately to take charge of things. When he arrived at the father’s house, a sudden sadness and regret filled his heart. He began the search for his father’s documents in the study and noticed a dusted Bible still gift-wrapped, on the desk. With tears in his eyes, he opened the Bible and flipped the pages. As he read the holy words, a car key dropped from an envelope with Ferrari logo. On the tag was his date of graduation, and the words written in capitals: A GIFT FROM DAD.
Many times in life we miss the opportunity to experience the marvelous gifts just looking at the exterior. Not all opportunities come written bold on the face, and to avail them, we first need to unwrap the cover.