She loved finding stray coins on the ground. Usually pennies, she always picked them up as a reminder to trust in God. The words engraved on them actually told her to do that. But sometimes she thought of them as a hug from Him, or a pat on the back for making a particularly hard decision or finishing a hard job.
Finding coins of higher value were rarer, but they too got picked up with a quick, “Thank You, God” or “I love You, God.” Sometimes she would get a sense of His love in return, but not any more than that.
On this day, however, it was different.
She had stopped at a gas station to fill her car and to get a cup of ice before heading to her brother’s house almost two hours away. She had been to his house numerous times over the last several months. Although seeing him was always nice, that was not the purpose of these visits. Her dad was the purpose. He had moved in with her brother and was no longer able to take care of himself. In fact, his decline was accelerating and she never knew what she would find when she arrived. Would he be his nice self and they would have an enjoyable visit? Or would he be his angry self, yelling at her because she couldn’t do anything exactly as he wanted? Or would he be sleeping her whole visit making her feel the four hour round trip was for nothing? Calling ahead did no good because his mood often changed by the minute.
So on this day, as she entered the gas station, she was feeling a tug of war. She wanted to be there for her dad, but she didn’t want to go just to sit there while he slept. And she didn’t want to be yelled at. Looking down, she spotted a dime.
“Thank You, God,” she said as she usually did. However, this time she was startled to clearly hear in her spirit, “And thank you for going to your dad.”
Hearing from God was always amazing to her, But for God of the Universe to actually thank her for something? That was truly amazing!