A Penny For Your Thought

"Why don't you pick up the penny?" I said.

"You can't buy anything with it!" My boy's reply should not be surprising; the truth is, most people would give the same answer.

Will I bother to pick up a small coin lost on the street?
Do I consider it worthless?

As a child in church, I was taught how much Jesus loves me. "God cares for even the little birds," the Bible verses go like this.

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Matt 10:29-31 (NIV)

That was His promise then and it has not changed.

I confess, as the years gone by, I have lost that innocent trust in God. It is now replaced with a "callous" faith. "Two birds for a penny" and "God counting my every hair" were rationalized often with cynicism. Or, were they just figures of speech?

Do I still believe wholeheartedly that God cares for me and is intimately involved in my life?

Next time, when I see a penny on the ground, I should pick it up, not for good luck but to remind myself how much I really believe God cares for me.

Dr Jeff Lee

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