It Only Cost a Dime
Connie was feeling especially down, spiritually, one day. She had recently endured some rough circumstances in her life and had almost lost hope. As she was out walking, she was talking to the Lord and made a request to him. She prayed, “Lord, if you are still with me and are going to help me, let me find a dime. Not a nickel or a penny, or even a quarter, just let me find a dime.” She walked on a little further and something caught her eye. She looked down and sure enough, there was a dime.
Of course, business picked up in her soul. Her circumstances didn’t change immediately but she had faith in her Lord and he had answered her in his own special way as she requested. You may think these things don’t really happen. Sometimes our faith gets weak and they just don’t happen for us because we never ask God for anything.
In Judges 6:36-40, Gideon asked God to let a fleece be wet one night and the ground dry and the next night for the fleece to be dry and the ground wet. Verse 40 sums up the answer with one statement:
“And God did so that night…”
Judges 7:13-15 tells us how God encouraged Gideon even more by letting him overhear the telling of an enemy soldier’s dream.
“And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshiped, and returned into the host of Israel, and said, ‘Arise; for the Lord hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian.'” (Judges 7:15 KJV)
Connie, like Gideon, was further encouraged with every dime she found for the rest of her life.
Sometime after her mom’s death, Connie’s daughter Brenda went to the beach. I don’t know if she had been praying for it or not, but as she sat down and dug her toes into the sand, she felt something. She leaned forward and dug around and pulled a dime out of the sand. As she leaned back relaxing and dug her toes into the sand again, she felt something with the other foot. Sure enough, another dime. This was most likely a great comfort for the bereaved daughter as she took it as a sign that God was also with her as he had been with her mom.
Sometime later, Brenda’s son David was somewhere on a job site and looked down and there on the ground, he found a dime. Just as his grandma had found dimes from the Lord, his mom had, and now he had his very own. He took a picture and sent it to his mom, who I am sure greatly rejoiced over it.
This may sound silly to you but if you have ever been in that dark place and sought the Lord, you know He makes himself known to you in whatever way is needed to help you. From grandma to daughter to grandson, this family was blessed for years just because grandma sought God for comfort and assurance in a dark place in her life.
Throughout the Bible, prophets have called down fire from heaven, asked for deliverance in battle, parted rivers and seas, and a whole book full of other things. If God would do all that he did for the prophets, why wouldn’t he answer your prayer? He answered Connie’s prayer and gave comfort. After all; it only cost a dime.
O Lord, You have searched me and You know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue You know it completely, O Lord…. Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. — Psalm 139:1-4, Psalm 139:23-24
I, the Creator of the universe, am with you and for you. What more could you need? When you feel some lack, it is because you are not connecting with Me at a deep level. I offer abundant Life; your part is to trust Me, refusing to worry about anything.
It is not so much adverse events that make you anxious as it is your thoughts about those events. Your mind engages in efforts to take control of a situation, to bring about the result you desire. Your thoughts close in on the problem like ravenous wolves. Determined to make things go your way, you forget that I am in charge of your life. The only remedy is to switch your focus from the problem to My Presence. Stop all your striving, and watch to see what I will do. I am the Lord!
May Your unfailing love be my comfort. — Psalm 119:76 NIV
I am leading you, step by step, through your life. Hold My hand in trusting dependence, letting Me guide you through this day. Your future looks uncertain and feels flimsy — even precarious. That is how it should be. Secret things belong to the Lord, and future things are secret things. When you try to figure out the future, you are grasping at things that are Mine. This, like all forms of worry, is an act of rebellion: doubting My promises to care for you.
Whenever you find yourself worrying about the future, repent and return to Me. I will show you the next step forward, and the one after that, and the one after that. Relax and enjoy the journey in My Presence, trusting Me to open up the way before you as you go.
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. — John 16:33 NKJV
Bring Me all your feelings, even the ones you wish you didn’t have. Fear and anxiety still plague you. Feelings per se are not sinful, but they can be temptations to sin. Blazing missiles of fear fly at you day and night; these attacks from the evil one come at you relentlessly. Use your shield of faith to extinguish those flaming arrows. Affirm your trust in Me, regardless of how you feel. If you persist, your feelings will eventually fall in line with your faith.
Do not hide from your fear or pretend it isn’t there. Anxiety that you hide in the recesses of your heart will give birth to fear of fear: a monstrous mutation. Bring your anxieties out into the Light of My Presence, where we can deal with them together. Concentrate on trusting Me, and fearfulness will gradually lose its foothold within you.
I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation. — Philippians 4:12
Stay calmly conscious of Me today, no matter what. Remember that I go before you as well as with you into the day. Nothing takes Me by surprise. I will not allow circumstances to overwhelm you so long as you look to Me. I will help you cope with whatever the moment presents. Collaborating with Me brings blessings that far outweigh all your troubles. Awareness of My Presence contains Joy that can endure all eventualities.
“I saw the dead … standing before the throne, and books were opened … the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.” – Revelation 20:12 NASB
How would people live differently if they really believed that one day they would face God and give account of everything they have done? If they realized that a book is being written about their lives filled with their deeds, how would it impact their daily living?
The Bible makes it clear: Each of us will stand before God, and the books on our lives will be opened. Nothing will be hidden, and we will be “judged from the things which were written.” This means being evaluated according to the things we have done and the words we have spoken. The secret things and the public things. Our gestures and actions at home and hanging out with friends. The things we say when we are happy and sad. The reactions when we are angry or worried. Every sin we commit. Every idle word we speak. Every thought.
As you approach your life, remember this truth. Think about the things you will do today, and realize that you will give an account of everything when you stand before Him one day. This should be a sobering thought.
If you are ready, there is no reason to fear. In fact, the Bible gives us this account so we might take action now to be ready. Consider the implications of standing before God as you make your decisions. Remember, be careful how you live. Seek to be ready to face God.
Consider the Lilies – Streams in the Desert – March 29
Times have changed, but life’s hard times haven’t
Consider the lilies, how they grow (Matt. 6:28).
I need oil,” said an ancient monk; so he planted an olive sapling. “Lord,” he prayed, “it needs rain that its tender roots may drink and swell. Send gentle showers.” And the Lord sent gentle showers. “Lord,” prayed the monk, “my tree needs sun. Send sun, I pray Thee.” And the sun shone, gilding the dripping clouds. “Now frost, my Lord, to brace its tissues,” cried the monk. And behold, the little tree stood sparkling with frost, but at evening it died.
Then the monk sought the cell of a brother monk, and told his strange experience. “I, too, planted a little tree,” he said, “and see! it thrives well. But I entrust my tree to its God. He who made it knows better what it needs than a man like me. I laid no condition. I fixed not ways or means. ‘Lord, send what it needs,’ I prayed, ‘storm or sunshine, wind, rain, or frost. Thou hast made it and Thou dost know.'”
Yes, leave it with Him,
The lilies all do,
And they grow–
They grow in the rain,
And they grow in the, dew–
Yes, they grow:
They grow in the darkness, all hid in the night–
They grow in the sunshine, revealed by the light–
Still they grow.
Yes, leave it with Him
‘Tis more dear to His heart,
You will know,
Than the lilies that bloom,
Or the flowers that start
‘Neath the snow:
Whatever you need, if you seek it in prayer,
You can leave it with Him–for you are His care.
You, you know.