A young married woman whose husband was a wealthy man was expecting a birthday gift from her husband. For quite a number of months she had admired a very beautiful diamond ring in a showroom, and she knowing that her husband could afford it, if he would, told him that was all she wanted for her birthday, and nothing more. As her birthday was drawing nigh, this lady awaited signs that her husband had bought the diamond ring.
At last, her birthday finally came. On the morning of her birthday, her husband called her into his
room. He told her how proud he was to have such a good wife as her, and told her how much he loved her. After telling her all sort of sweet talks, he finally handed her a beautifully wrapped gift box.
Very excited and curious, the wife opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible, with the her name embossed in gold. Angrily, she raised her voice to her husband and said, “With all your money, a Bible was all you could give me !!!” She stormed out of the house… leaving her husband.
Many years passed and the lady was very successful in all her dealings and business. She managed to settle for a more beautiful
house and a new wonderful family. However, she now realized that her ex-husband was very old, and thought perhaps she should pay him a visit because she had not seen him for so many years. But, as fate would have it, before she could make travelling arrangements, she received a message telling her that her ex-husband had died. He had also willed all of his possessions to her. She needed to come back immediately and take care of things.
When she arrived at her ex–husband’s house, a sudden sadness and regret filled her heart. She began to search through her ex-husband’s important papers and saw the Bible, still as new as when it was presented to her. she had left it years before. With tears, she opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. Her ex-husband had carefully underlined a verse, Matt 7:11, which reads…
“And if you, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Heavenly Father, who is in heaven, give what is good to those who ask Him?”
As she read those words, a tiny package dropped from the back of the Bible. It had a diamond ring, with her name engraved on it-the same diamond ring which she saw at the showroom ! On the tag, the date of her birth, and the words. “LUV U ALWAYS” were inscribed.
How many times do we miss God’s blessings, because they are not packaged as we expected?
Do not spoil what you have, by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.