The Treasure Inside The Package
The world is governed more by appearance than realities so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it.Daniel Webster
How often do we stop dead in our tracks as we spy one of the beautiful people passing by us? Whether male or female, those whose external appearance seems to catch our eyes may or may not have just as much substance as they do fluff. And yet, it is exactly the fluff that draws our eyes to them as they pass us by! Now, what about those whose packaging may not be quite ideal? Do we give them the same attention that we do the first group? Do we bother to take the time to discover if they are more than just what we see? Do we seek out the inner beauty in everyone before we focus on the outer beauty?
I am someone who fits more into the second grouping of people. I am middle-aged, with the seemingly ever-expanding waistline that accompanies many who share my years. The greying hair, masked by the miracle that is modern-day hair color, still seems to emerge as greying around my ears, despite my best efforts to banish it away! I am blind as a bat without my glasses and I walk with a limp, on legs still numb today from a disease I developed in 1998 which caused paralysis, for a time. I sometimes use a cane. I sometimes use a walker. I even sometimes use a wheelchair. I have a brace on my right lower leg. I sound a bit like the “Debbie Downer” character from Saturday Night Live, with vocalizations that sound a bit “whining”, even though that is seldom my intent, and is something I had to work on to overcome for my weekly radio show which aired on Blog Talk Radio a few years ago. Now knowing what you do about me from the way I have described myself, would you give me a second glance, if you were passing me on the street? Probably not!
Several years ago I discovered a short story that takes the adage, “Never judge a book by its cover” as step farther. It is a story that proves that what we see seldom tells the whole story. And I share it as a reminder that all that glimmers is not gold, and sometimes gold exists in a less than sparkling package, if we but look carefully enough!
PAID IN FULL(Author Unknown)
How many times do we miss God‘s blessings because they are not packaged as we expected?A young man was getting ready to graduate 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 beautiful 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 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. 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 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…PAID IN FULL.
found on the Facebook page of “My Life With God”
___“The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7 NIV
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