Pick It Up – Trust God

It was rather hard to spot. It was sitting at the side of the road that ran behind our hotel. On this comfortable, sunny day, I was taking advantage of some down time for a little stroll. It’s amazing that I saw it at all; wearing years of dirt and grime and deterioration on its surface, it was hardly recognizable. Not only that, more than a fifth of it was missing. I picked it up anyway when I recognized it.

What exactly was it?” the curious soul is surely inquiring. Well, it was a United States penny that had obviously seen better days. “And, why in the world would you waste the time and the effort to stoop and pick up a mere penny, an old decrepit one, at that?” one may ask. Well, I am prone to picking up pennies when I see them, any coin really. Of course there is the old adage, “See a penny; pick it up, and all the day you’ll have good luck.” But that has nothing to do with it. I don’t believe that at all.
But there is something I do believe that causes me to retrieve any coin I see: I pick up pennies because of the statement that has been on all United States coins continuously since 1938 – “IN GOD WE TRUST.” I grab them from the ground because I know God is allowing me to have a fresh reminder of where I need to place my trust, and that He is sure to prove Himself faithful over and over again. Whenever I see one it makes me smile, and I thank God for His dependable character.
After picking up this particular marred pittance, I once again smiled. Even with it’s absent twenty-some percent and corroded surface, the words “IN GOD WE TRUST” were preserved. This pitiful little coin held an even deeper message than those that are whole, untarnished, shiny and new.
For when we are beat up, feel defeated, and looking much less than perfect, this truth remains: God is still faithful, and we can continue to trust Him. He is the One who holds all in His control, and He has guaranteed “for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28 ESV). God’s Word holds the stories of many champions of the faith to whom God spoke promises. While some were unfulfilled for years or perhaps for a lifetime, since we are able to read to the end of the story, we are shown that God can absolutely be trusted to fulfill His word and that He has our best interest at heart. Even though often going through dire circumstances, God’s servants, Abraham, Noah, Joseph, Moses, David, Peter, Paul and numerous others were able to fulfill God’s purpose and experience His faithfulness. Each was able to pick up the mantel God was holding out to him and change the course of history for himself, for his nation and for the world because each placed his trust in God. Proverbs 3:5-6 encourages, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.”
Question: In what circumstance do you find yourself that is difficult, painful, seems impossible to overcome, or from which you feel there is no way out? Perhaps you feel beat up, defeated and less than perfect. Pick up God’s Word and read about His faithfulness! May He then cause you to experience the truth that He is the One you can trust every day, in every way.

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