Sunday, February 3, 2013

Weekend Worship—A Gentle Reminder

The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. Deuteronomy 31:8

The day had been just one more drop in the bucket of chaos that described my week. My email inbox overflowed, I’d missed a deadline, my dog threw up. We’d been fighting car issues, appliance issues, and just all-round insanity.

Now I was at the grocery store, digging in my purse for a quarter so I could get a much-needed grocery cart and all I had were nickels and pennies. In my mind I could feel the frustration building as I shot a flare prayer heavenward. Really God? Can’t anything come easy this week?

Then I spied it, a single large coin in the dark corner of my wallet. From the size I was certain is was a quarter. I pulled it out and had to stop and smile.

The silver-toned coin was indeed the size of a quarter, but instead of George Washington’s profile I spied the relief of an angel. Somewhere in the midst of my hectic week, I’d been given this coin as change instead of legal tender.

As I held the small silver disc, I felt a sense of peace fill my spirit. It was a tangible reminder that God truly was in control.

How has God reminded you lately that He still has everything well in hand?


  1. I love it when God shows up in unexpected places. What a gift from above!

  2. Oh Edie... that is inspiring how He talks to us and show us what really is important. This certainly is a Word from God. I would love if on Wednesday, if you remember, if you would link this to Wednesday's Word on my blog. Others have to read this.
    I chuckled and I sighed and I breathed in the Spirit,
    I even read this to my hubby - which I don't do very often.

  3. Great story. Thanks for sharing! It's uncanny how God can speak to us in ways we least expect. I sense a nuance in my thought, and then a smile spreads across my face and I shake my head in wonder. God did it again - invaded my thought and helped me to see my situation a little differently. And I am forever grateful.

  4. Great visual of His power to remind us of His will and send us what we need. :-) Thanks for sharing it!

  5. God can speak to us anywhere, anytime, and when we need it the most. But I have to ask, where do you shop that requires you to pay for a grocery cart?

    1. I was wondering the same thing, Linda.

    2. Linda & Andrea, I shop at Aldi. It's a discount grocery and one of the ways they keep prices down is they don't have anyone gathering carts or carrying groceries. The carts are all in a big corral near the door. You put in a quarter to get one, and when you return it you get your quarter back.

  6. Just yesterday, I was asking God if I was still on the right track with my job choice. Wouldn't you know, He sent two different people into my path -- at Lowe's! -- who reminded me that I make a huge difference in the lives of the children I tutor. I just love God's way of communicating with me. He is so brilliant in His timing and gives us exactly what we need exactly when we need it.


  7. I can so relate. Your week sounds a lot like mine. My son has been ill for 6 days, 6 yearly VACATION days, and to cap it all, today my in-laws (at whose house we're staying) attacked me viciously and totally unexpected and undeservedly. This very morning I had felt the need to read Psalms and among some of my favorites, I'd read Psalm 31, which deals with unfair persecution and undeserved criticism. I read it again AFTER the incident and it was so strikingly similar to the situation I faced that it was a WOW moment.

    The Lord speaks a lot to me by giving me a Word (or reminding me of a passage) just before, while or right after I'm facing such a difficult moment. In this case, receiving that Psalm gave me enough peace so that during the nasty accusations I heard I wouldn't strike back in anger but calmly defend my case against the falsehoods.

  8. Love this story, probably because I can relate a little too closely.