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Pennies are MORE Than "Lucky"


Have you ever found a penny?  I think most of us have.  Do you consider pennies “lucky”?  Do you stop, pick them up and keep them?  More and more often, I think people are walking on by them thinking they aren’t worth much at all.  After hearing the following story, I think pennies are more than “lucky”.

The story goes that a husband and wife were invited to spend the weekend at the husband's employer's home. The wife 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 she was delighted to have this rare glimpse into how the very wealthy live. The husband's employer was quite generous as a host, and took them to the finest restaurants. The wife 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 that evening, the boss was walking slightly ahead of her and her husband. He stopped suddenly, looking down on the pavement for a long, silent moment.

The wife wondered if she was supposed to pass him. There was nothing on the ground except a single darkened penny that someone had dropped.  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 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. I think it is God's way of starting a conversation with me. Lucky for me, God is patient and pennies are plentiful!”

Because of the above little story, pennies now turn my thoughts back to God.  They remind me to stop and thank God for all His blessings and also to make sure I am trusting Him, whether things are going good or bad in my life, at that very moment.  


You're welcome, Jane. : )
Becky, Thank you, once again, for making me see the truth in small things. We always pick up pennies when we find them. We have a piggy bank with lots. From now on, when I walk past that bank I will think of the faithfulness of our Lord.

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