Do You Need a Message from God?

 People send me chain emails which I never forward. But occasionally the content really needs to be shared. This is one of those.

You always 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 this twist on the story. Gives you something to think about…

Several years ago, a friend of mine and her husband were invited to spend the weekend at the home of her husband’s employer.  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..

The first day and evening went well, and Arlene was delighted to have this rare glimpse into how the very wealthy live. Her husband’s employer was quite generous as a host, and took them to the finest restaurants. Arlene knew she would never have the opportunity to indulge in this kind of extravagance again, so was enjoying herself immensely.

As the three of them were about to enter an exclusive restaurant one evening, the boss was walking slightly ahead of Arlene and her husband.
He stopped suddenly, looking down on the pavement for a long, silent moment…
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 penny? 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 coin 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 out for her to see. She had seen many pennies before! What was the point of this?

“Look at it,” he said. “Read what it says.”
She read the words, ” United States of America .”

“No, not that. Read further.”

“One cent?”
“No, keep reading.”

“In God we Trust?”
“Yes!”
“And?. … .”

“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 United States coin, but we never seem to notice it! God drops a message right in 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 time, at least, I cherish it as if it were gold. I think it is God’s way of starting a conversation with me. Lucky for me, God is patient and pennies are plentiful!”

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 in my 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.

So am I worth a cent today?  Are you?

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6 responses to “Do You Need a Message from God?

  1. Shadia Hrichi

    Oooo….really like this! 😀

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  2. Thanks for dropping by, Jeanne. The writing in block quotes is not mine. It came in the form of a chain email. I do not forward chain emails, but sometimes they contain a good thought. I choose to put them on the blog, not into friends’ in-boxes.

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  3. This is a nice example of a modern parable, Judith. I’m glad you didn’t get carried away with patriotic statements but, rather, stayed focused on “the message.” That is what’s important. I’ll think of it every time I see and pick up a penny. There’s something redeeming in that – “In God we trust.”

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  4. Thank you for visiting, Ellie. God does, indeed, know best.

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  5. It seems some people drop cookie crumbs to find their way home. Me, I prefer the gentle sign of pennies to show that if we trust in God, He’ll direct our paths. Proverbs 3: 5,6. Of course sometimes I wish he’d send silver dollars but God knows best, LOL.

    I’ve heard many say that when they have been anxious or fretting over direction, “all of a sudden” a penny will appear out of nowhere and it will bring them a peace and a gentle reassurance to trust in God’s direction and timing. Beautiful post, thank you for sharing.

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