You always hear the usual stories of pennies on the sidewalk being good luck. Well, this is the first time I’ve ever heard this twist on the story.
A friend and her husband were invited to spend the weekend at her husband’s employer’s home. Arlene was nervous about the weekend because the boss was very wealthy and had cars costing more than a house.
He was quite generous as a host and took them to the finest restaurants. 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 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 couldn’t stand it any longer 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.”
“In God we trust?”
“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 and 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.”