My greatest find
“Pennies from Heaven”
I found a penny today, Just laying on the ground. But it’s not just a penny, This little coin I’ve found. Found pennies come from heaven, that’s what my Grandpa told me. He said Angels tossed them down, Oh, how I loved that story! He said when an Angel misses you, They toss a penny down, sometimes just to cheer you up, To make a smile out of your frown. So don’t pass by that penny, When you’re feeling blue. It may be a penny from heaven, That an Angel’s tossed to you. Author: Copyright 1998 C. Mashburn.
[Psalm 125; 128: 1-4] I found a penny on the sidewalk the other day and thought of this story. Several years ago, a woman named Arlene and her husband were invited to spend the weekend at the husband’s employer’s home. 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. The 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 that 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 among 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 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!” (Blog: A Mother’s Wisdom)
(Psalm 22:25-31) Pennies add up and with God in charge of my life, blessings add up. The greatest blessing I will treasure forever is the love of God from whom I was given salvation through His Son, Jesus, the Christ. I will most likely spend my penny on myself, I may misplace it, I may even lose it, but nothing can separate me from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus my Lord, my Savior and Master; my greatest find.
Thomas W. Bonham is an associate minister with the Floresville Church of Christ. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find his column on his blog at http://wilsoncountynews.com.
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