years ago, a friend of mine and her
husband were invited to go to dinner
with her husband's employer. My friend
was nervous about this since the boss
was very wealthy, with a fine home on
the waterway, and cars costing more
than her house.
Her husband's employer took them to
the finest restaurant in town. She
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 husband.
He stopped suddenly, looking down on
the pavement for a long, silent
There was nothing on the ground except
a single penny that someone
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 mentioned that her daughter once had a
coin collection, and asked if the
penny he had found had been of some
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 "In God we
"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
When I was out shopping today, I found
a penny on the sidewalk. I stopped and
picked it up. 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.