A Penny for your Thoughts

kids-money1I’m a collector of found money. Not that I plan on being a millionaire one day with my knack for finding spare change, but I’m one of those people who’ll go out of their way to pick up a dime in the middle of the road. I find coins and the Executive (my husband) finds dollars—so unfair. The rhyme “See a penny, pick it up and all day long you’ll have good luck” just doesn’t sit right when his return seems to be better than mine, but none the less, I pick them up.

As a kid I loved to find money. The dream of how to spend it always played in my mind and burned the proverbial “hole in my pocket”. As an adult I’m reminded of a young woman many years ago (totally paraphrasing this story) who picked up pennies any time she saw one lying on the ground. When asked why, her response was stunning. She said, “My father designed the penny and to see it on the ground is like seeing the painting of Mona Lisa lying there. This is his artwork.” Wow! To be able to see beyond the obvious into something more precious is fascinating. Her response reminds me too that her father’s artwork, an inspiration from God, includes the phrase “In God We Trust”. During those times when I’m feeling lost, confused or concerned, I believe those found jewels of wisdom are a reminder to trust God. Admittedly, sometimes easier said than done.

I woke up this morning in a slight panic, which is typical for this time of year. The seasonality of our community has ended and the folks who frequent the area and my business have, for the most part, gone home for the summer. As a business owner that means, inventory output slows, staffing levels go down along with the bank account. Managing or better put, balancing the finances, is about as easy as juggling 3 running chain saws while standing on a rubber ball. Ok, not really that treacherous, but as serious. This happens every summer to me and I don’t like it.

As a woman of faith, I can lecture and write until I’m blue in the face about trusting God, but I am a human with mental limitations in comparison to an infinite, all knowing, all providing God. And that is the key to it all–knowing that I can’t do it all by myself and that self-sufficiency is a myth. In my quirky mind, the non-prosperous months are there to keep me from getting cocky believing that it’s all about me and what I can do, when in reality, it’s about Him and living in the moment not the future. It’s about my dependence on the creator of the universe to give me what I need when I need it—something He enjoys and thus I am blessed. (2 Cor 12:9)

Here’s a silly, but true story to prove a point. Soon after I bought my business and moved into a new building, I found that I was out of coin change for the register and couldn’t get to the bank (I had already used the 32 cents in my wallet). Trying to stay busy unpacking boxes and sorting supplies, I came across the old dressing room curtain wadded up in the bottom of a box. When I pulled it out, coins fell to the floor and into the bottom of the box. Intrigued by my new find, I shook the curtain for a minute or two watching coin after coin fall out. Apparently, in the old store, the curtain would not stay in place, so coins (about $5 worth), were placed in the hem to weight it down. I had a small need and God gave me a big response. He is the God of details. He is the God of provision and loves to give His children what they need when they are in need of it. He delights in being our provider. (Matt. 7:11) It doesn’t get any better than that, friend.

So in the morning when I wake up anxious, I remind myself that my needs for the moment are being met. I have bed to wake-up in that comes with a roof over my head, which is shared with a wonderful family, who lives, loves and laughs together while serving an awesome God. Now that’s a lot of bang for your buck!

Until next time, stay chic

Vicki

Matthew 7:11 (NIV) If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV) But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

James 1:2 (NIV) Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds

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