In God We Trust
By: La Donna Chase
Several years ago a man and his wife were invited to spend the weekend at the home of the husband’s employer, who was very wealthy. The employer was quite generous as a host and treated the couple to the finest restaurants and took them on expensive day trips.
As the three of them were about to enter an exclusive restaurant one evening, the boss stopped suddenly and looked at the pavement for one long, silent moment. The wife could see there was nothing on the ground except a dirty penny. Still silent, the employer reached down and picked up the penny. He held it up, smiled, then put it in his pocket as if he’d found a great treasure. What need did this rich 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, the wife could stand it no longer and casually asked if the penny he had found had been of some value. A smile crept across the employer’s face as he reached into his pocket for the penny and held it out for her to see. “Look at it and read what it says.” The wife read “United States of America?” “No, not that; read further.” She read “one cent?” “No, keep reading.”
“In God We Trust?”
“Yes, and if we trust in God, the name of God is holy even on a coin. It is written on every single United States coin but we never seem to notice! God drops a message right in front of us telling us to trust in Him. Who am I to pass it by? When I see a coin, I stop, I say a prayer, and am reminded that my trust needs to be in God and only in Him. I feel this is God’s way of trying to start a conversation with me.”
Next time you see a penny on the ground, take a moment to pick it up and start your own conversation with God. And remember: God is very patient and pennies are plentiful!
“But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” Romans 8:25
“Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful.” I Corinthians 13:4