hear the usual stories of pennies on the sidewalk being good
luck, gifts from angels, etc. This is the first time I've ever heard
twist on the story. Gives you something to think about.
Several years ago, a friend of mine and her husband were invited to
the weekend at the husband's employer's home. My friend, Arlene, was
nervous about the weekend. The boss was very wealthy, with a fine
home on the waterway, and cars costing more than her house.
first day and evening went well, and Arlene was delighted to have
rare glimpse into how the very wealthy live. The husband's employer
quite generous as a host, and took them to the finest restaurants.
knew she would never have the opportunity to indulge in this kind
extravagance again, so was enjoying herself immensely.
As the three of them were
about to enter an exclusive restaurant that
evening, the boss was walking slightly ahead of Arlene and her husband.
stopped suddenly, looking down on the pavement for a long, silent
Arlene wondered if she
was supposed to pass him. There was nothing on the
ground except a single darkened penny that someone had dropped, and
a few cigarette butts. Still silent, the man reached down and picked
up the penny.
He held it up and smiled,
then put it in his pocket as if he had found a
great treasure. How absurd! What need did this man have for a single
Why would he even take the time to stop and pick it up?
Throughout dinner, the
entire scene nagged at her. Finally, she could stand
it no longer. She casually mentioned that her daughter once had a
collection, and asked if the penny he had found had been of some value.
A smile crept across the
man's face as he reached into his pocket for the
penny and held it o out for her to see. She had seen many pennies
What was the point of this?
it." He said. "Read what it says."
She read the
words " United States of America. "
"No, not that; read
"One cent?" "No,
" In God we Trust?"
"And if I trust in
God, the name of God is holy, even on a coin. Whenever I
find a coin I see that inscription. It is written on every single
States coin, but we never seem to notice it! God drops a message right
front of me telling me to trust Him? Who am I to pass it by? When
I see a
coin, I pray, I stop to see if my trust IS in God at that moment.
I pick the
coin up as a response to God; that I do trust in Him. For a short
least, I cherish it as if it were gold. I think it is God's way of
a conversation with me. Lucky for me, God is patient and pennies are
When I was out shopping
today, I found a penny on the sidewalk. I stopped
and picked it up, and realized that I had been worrying and fretting
mind about things I cannot change. I read the words, "In God
We Trust," and
had to laugh. Yes, God, I get the message.
It seems that I have been
finding an inordinate number of pennies in the
last few months, but then, pennies are plentiful! And, God is patient....