About to graduate from high school, a young man from a wealthy family was anticipating his gift. It was a custom in that affluent neighbourhood for parents to give the graduate a new car.
Jason and his father had spent months looking for a car, and the week before graduation, they found the perfect car. Jason was certain that this car would be his on the graduation night. Imagine his disappointment when, immediately following the graduation ceremony, Jason’s father handed him a small, elegantly wrapped package. “It must be the key to my new car!” Jason thought.
Upon opening the gift, all he found was a Bible with his name imprinted in the front. “A bible?!” He took it out, hoping to find the car key in the box. Empty! Jason was so angry that he threw the Bible down & stormed out of the house. His father tried to stop him, but Jason kept on running. He and his father never saw each other again.
News of this father’s death finally brought Jason home again. As he went through the possessions he was about to inherit from his father, he came across the graduation Bible. Brushing away the dust, he opened it and began idly flipping through the pages. A paper tucked inside caught his eyes and he pulled it out of the Bible. It was a cashier’s check, dated on the day of his graduation, in the exact amount of the car’s price he and his father had chosen.