“John, I want you to give Michael your bicycle today!” their dad called on his way out of the house to work.
“Why dad?” John called after his father.
“I don’t have time to tell you now but will when I get back,” his father said getting into his car and driving off.
Ten year old John was confused. He was still riding his bicycle and although his eight year old brother needed a bicycle, why couldn’t they buy him one? What was he going to ride if he gave up his bicycle and how long would he have to wait to get another one?
After school, Michael took possession of the bicycle, having heard what his dad said that morning. He was riding it around when John spotted him.
“Give that back,” John shouted at his brother harshly.
“Dad said you must give it to me,” Michael shouted back just as loud.
“I am not giving it to you,” John insisted pulling at the bicycle causing Michael to fall off.
Crying, Michael ran to his mum for comfort. That evening, their dad came home a bit later than usual. He was carrying a brand new bicycle when he entered.
Michael, having heard his father arrive, ran to him and stated sadly, “John won’t give me his bicycle!”
Looking, puzzled, at John, who had in the meanwhile entered the room, he asked, “Is this true?” The look in John’s eyes indicated it was. Sympathetically, he stated, “Okay then this one goes to Michael. I had bought it for you, John, on condition you gave up yours to Michael. Sorry, John that you want to keep yours so I guess Michael will get this one.” He gave him a sad look – John had not trusted him.
“Yippee!” Michael shouted excitedly. “A brand new bicycle!”
John was devastated! He could have had a brand new bicycle if only he had let go of his old one.
Why is it so difficult to let go of things that don’t add value to our lives – things that God knows we have outgrown? He has so much better for us and yet we choose to believe differently. Why go the long way when it would be so much easier to have listened when He spoke? We can save ourselves so many years and trouble and get the ‘beautifully intended for us only’ upfront.
Oh, did I need this message today! I love your example - we can all relate, can't we?
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