A Sunday School teacher asked young Mary to believe in Jesus as Savior. Mary answered, “No, I don’t want to become a Christian right now. I’m young. I want to have a good time. When I get old, then I’ll become a Christian.”
Several days later Mary received a box of roses from the teacher. But when she opened the box she was disappointed to find that the roses were all wilted. When she tried to lift them from the box, their petals all fell off. This angered Mary greatly, as she thought, “My teacher shouldn’t be sending me old, wilted roses.” Later on, however, she decided to give the teacher the benefit of the doubt. Surely the flowers had been ordered several days earlier and were supposed to have been delivered promptly. There must have been a mix up with the florist.
Well, that afternoon the teacher came to Mary’s house and invited her to go for a ride. During the ride, the teacher asked, “Mary, did you receive the roses I sent you today?” Somewhat astonished, Mary replied, “Oh, then you did send them today. Why did you send me old, wilted roses?” The teacher said, “I did it because I thought that was the kind of gift you like.” Mary asked, “What made you think such a thing?” “Because,” said the teacher, “when I asked you to believe in Jesus as your Savior you said you wouldn’t do it while you were young. You would wait until you are old.”
Mary was silent for a moment, but then her face lightened. She said, “I see now. It’s wrong for me to wait until I’m old and wilted to give myself to Jesus. I should believe in Him as Savior right now and devote the rest of my life to living for Him.” And that’s exactly what she did.
Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say, “I have no pleasure in them.” (Ecclesiastes 12:1)