There was a little boy who didn’t have a bike. He went to the bike shop down the road with his Father one day and saw a bike on sale. Just $10! Unbelievable. No one sells a bike for $10. Of course it was a bit rusty, the handle bars were bent, it was a bit too big. The kickstand didn’t work – but you don’t need a kick stand. And the back tire needed air – but that can be fixed. After all it was only $10. There could be no reason why his Father wouldn’t pay $10 for the bike for him. His birthday was just 2 weeks away and he wanted that bike!
His Father said “No”. How could He deny him this one little thing? How could He say no to the desire of his heart – especially when the bike was practically free?
What he didn’t know was his Father already had a brand new bike with a big red bow under a blanket in their garage – his birthday present.
All the boy could see was that it wasn’t fair, “Yeah? My Dad says He loves me but why wouldn’t He give me this one thing that I want – the one thing that will make me happy?”
So for the next two weeks he walked to school while all his friends rode their bikes and rang their bells as they rode past him. It seemed everyone was happy except for him. Everyone had a bike except him. The boy walked by the bike shop one afternoon and saw the bike was gone. Someone else had bought it. It was a very, very long two weeks.
His choices? He could throw a temper tantrum for two weeks and tell his Father how unfair He was. And question His love for him. Or, after pleading his case, he could trust his Father and remind himself that he had a good Father who loved him and had done so much for him in the past. He quit longing for the one thing he didn’t have and focused on what he did have.
When his focus was elsewhere the two weeks went by much quicker and it was soon time for his loving Father to unveil the brand new bike for his birthday, with a shiny bell, kickstand that works, straight handle bars and was just the perfect size for him.
(Extracted and Adapted from “What’s a Girl to Do?: While Waiting for Mr. Right” by Janet Folger)
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21