"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