During our first year of marriage, James and I lived in a beautiful apartment in sunny Florida. We were still in college and enjoyed laying out at the pool in the middle of what us northerners call winter.
I was excited to be married and just as excited to have our own place together. I took pride in making our first place a home so I spent a lot of time cleaning and taking care of it.
While cleaning, I would find small piles of wrappers, coins, guitar picks, and pocket lint from James cleaning out his pants. I wouldn’t take the time to pick through it so I would scoop everything off our dresser and right into the trash- guitar picks and all!
Eventually, James starting asking me where all his guitar picks were going. I told him I would throw away the entire pile from his pockets into the trash. He could not believe I was doing that and asked me to not throw them away- rightfully so! I just wanted a tidy home 😉
A few more weeks went by and James asked me where I was putting all his loose change. I asked him what he meant by that because I didn’t recall any change. He mentioned them being in his pile from his pockets. Ah! Yes, coins were with his pile of trash. I told him that I was throwing it away but I had stopped throwing the guitar picks away. James was shocked. He couldn’t understand why I was throwing away money. “They’re just pennies” is what I would say.
One day I was cleaning our bedroom and James had cleaned out his pockets and set a pile on the dresser. I picked out the guitar picks and set them in the small console, I scooped all the wrappers, pocket lint, and pennies into my hand and walked towards the trash. (side note: James doesn’t do this anymore. He is very tidy now haha)
As I opened my hand to toss everything into the trash, I looked down and saw the five pennies. Immediately, I heard the Lord whisper to my heart, “If you can’t see the value in these five pennies then I will never give you more than what you have in your hand.” I knew at that moment that I couldn’t throw them away and that I needed to see the value and worth of everything, no matter how small.
Luke 16:10 says, “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones.”
This verse in Luke is part of a larger story Jesus told about money and being honest. While there are many lessons to pull from that story- this one part speaks volumes. If I can’t see the value in a penny then why would God entrust me with more? While one penny’s worth is often overlooked, it’s one piece of an important puzzle; you can’t have a hundred dollar bill without a penny.
During seasons of small blessings, God will use these moments to grow your wisdom and stretch your faith. This is where you can learn how to be a good steward of everything He gives you- no matter the size or value.
Zechariah 3:4 says, “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.”
No matter if you’re just starting out with pennies or already have hundred dollar bills- show God that you can be trusted. When you show God that you are someone to trust- He will allow you to be trusted with more than pennies.
I share this story with you to encourage you to open your eyes to the small. To see how God is blessing you regularly and you’re possibly missing it because you don’t see it’s value. I want to gently remind you, that while these small blessings might not be “worth much,” take care of them and show God you are trustworthy.