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Faith Filled Friday: Fifty Cents Worth of Trust

February 22, 2019

by Connie Terpack

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths. (KJV)
A few years ago I was helping out with a fund raiser at the nursing home I volunteer at for Bingo. I was put in charge of the baked goods which were indoors and away from bugs and the ice-melting heat of the sun. The first 20 minutes went by without a single customer.
It wasn’t for lack of people. A number of them walked past my table as they exited or entered the building. I greeted each one with a friendly smile and hello. Finally, a woman stopped. She wanted one brownie which was fifty cents, and handed me a dollar bill.
Of course, this would be the day I had locked my purse in the car, and had no cash on me. I had to search for the Activities Director to make change. It took only a couple of minutes to find her, get the change and get back to my “customer.” She left happily with her brownie and change.
I put the two quarters on the deep window sill behind me to have for change. The AD came by and asked for the money. I gave it to her, adding, “I was going to keep it for change for the next one, so I wouldn’t have to chase you down.”
“Hmm,” she said as she slipped the coins into her little coin bag.
Those three little letters can convey a lot. It could be a simple question, deep thinking, or puzzling something out. You’ve probably heard that simple word said with the implied meaning, “Yeah, right; like I believe that.” That was the way I heard it.
I believe in good customer service. I should know my product and provide service in a timely and pleasant manner. That’s the way to keep customers coming back.
You all know what happened a few minutes later. Yep, I needed fifty cents again. The next time she let me keep the money. I was thankful for that small courtesy, partly because both customers looked worried when I took off with their dollar.
She came by to check on me every ten minutes it seemed. I did not truly keep track of time but, suffice it to say, it was frequent. I think anytime she saw someone walk out with a treat, she came in for her money, leaving only two quarters.
I accepted Jesus as my Savior when I was 12 years old. Yet there have been plenty of times I have asked God for help but went ahead and did it on my own without waiting. Does God feel like I do not trust Him? I’m trying to do better and wait for His answer.
Do you trust God with your heart, your life, – your fifty cents? Or do you feel better keeping it all in your own coin bag?
Psalm 56:3 – What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. (KJV)

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