Don’t miss out on a blessing, just because it is not packaged the way you expect!

Life sometimes, we think plays cruel tricks on us. That’s what we feel mostly when things go slightly haywire, or unexpected. Most of the time, we are too wary of change, that we usually regard the event that is happening is less for the better and more for the worse. What we forget is that, sometimes blessings come in an off-hand manner. I mean not in the expected way, but if we graciously accept what we get; the outcome goes beyond our wildest imagination.

Sometimes, it’s those little things that we do graciously that leads us to bigger and better things. Those first times you may have done the props for school programme must have taught you about stage management, which would later help in the college concerts or in bigger events like managing a fund-raiser, a charity show or even an auction. The little chances that we get in assisting major or minor surgeries, or as an aide to a major development project would play a role in the future professional life. Even if you get the tiniest role or chance, do it with grace and poise. Don’t just grumble and throw it away; for every little chance is a gift and each gift is a blessing to learn something new. But that doesn’t account for you to sit back with folded hands and watch the world move by, either!!!

I am sure most of us know the story of the teenager and his graduation present. To sum up the email I got,

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 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...PAID IN FULL.

Sad, but true story. How many times have I missed many a blessing because it was not packaged the way I expected ? To tell you truth, I am ashamed to say but I have lost count. I think it’s high time I take baby steps and make a change in my approach to the chances given to me, before it gets too late.


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through five yrs of med school, and now taking a 2 yr break before post-grad working in mission hosp in India; 'm one of ur norm' everyday ppl. Nothing dramatic goin' on in my life, but it's not so quiet either. Just "a lot of happenings". So, hi there n Have a great day :) View all posts by ....the little thread of thoughts

8 responses to “Don’t miss out on a blessing, just because it is not packaged the way you expect!

  • Ivy Blaise

    What a sad story. It is so very true that everything we do in life, no matter how small, creates new opportunities and possibilities. It may not always seem to be connected but every experience teaches us something and it is only ever truly wasted if we do not use that knowledge to get on with our lives.

    Having a degree in sociology doesn’t seem to match my job in IT but you’d be surprised how much it actually helps when dealing with different groups in work. And I only ever realized it a short while ago…before I would complain about how useless it was to have studied a subject that has nothing to do with what I do today. It’s mad really.

  • Anders

    Nicely put. Most people seem to fear change, even if they sometimes desire change. Consider those wanting to lose weight, but who will not change their diet or start excercising. Most people doesn’t even realise that opportunity is knocking on their door, until the knocking has subsided. Keeping an open mind and being willing to embrace change is something that leads to a much happier life.

    Yet again, lots of people believe (because they are told such every day) that their belongings or bank accounts give them happiness and they therefore strive to expand those. Talk about believing false gods! Forgetting what makes you happy and strive to have more of that in your daily life is how to live in a lie.

    I’ve rambled on enough here though, as all I really wanted to say was “great post!” 🙂

    Remember: There is no failure, only feedback!

  • juromalazo

    Nice post.

    “Don’t miss out on a blessing, just because it is not packaged the way you expect!”

    Thanks for the well-written reminder!

  • shiti

    quite true.we mite feel sad wen things don go de way we want them to,but surely we’l realize one day that it actually happened for a good reason

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