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Wednesday, September 5, 2012


A Widow's Mite

This post is part of the Christian Writers blog chain. Our theme for September is "change."

Please follow the links to the right to see what my friends have to say this month.

Ever watch the movie Sahara? Dirk Pitt (Matthew McConaughey) is off searching for Civil War gold in the desert of Africa. At one point, his friend Al Giordino (Steve Zahn) points to the gold coin in Dirk’s hand and says,

"Hey, you know my dad collected ancient coins, from Rome, China, Siam, Persia… somehow they all ended up in a shoe box in New Jersey."

Ancient coins are valuable to us today. A single worn bronze circlet—pocket change 4,000 years ago—might fetch a thousand dollars from a collector of antiquities. No matter that it was of little value back then.

I like to imagine God as an eternal collector of antiquities, gazing down at us from heaven. He’d point to us with love, saying, "This one is old and worn; but it is precious to me."

And one by one, He’d gather up all of our old and worn out souls—not to be kept in a shoe box in New Jersey; but to sit at his feet in glory. Bright and shining in His presence. Beyond value. Of incomparable worth.

I’m old and worn. A bit ragged around the edges. Not worth much in today’s standards. But praise God! I’m precious to Him and He was willing to pay the ultimate price to add me to His eternal collection.

Remember on those days when you feel like a widow’s mite and thinking of those treasures in heaven: You’re one of them.

Thank you, Jesus.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for looking at us as worthy of the ultimate price Jesus paid for our salvation. Thank you for gathering us unto you and securing a place for us in your heavenly treasury. Thank you that even if we are old and worn, we still shine brightly in your eyes. Amen.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? Do you collect coins?


SethCaddell said...

I've never collected coins, but I love the story of the widow's mite. Something so seemingly insignificant that moved the heart of God.

From Carols Quill said...

@ Seth - I agree. It's interesting to see how what us human beans think is important is usually not what God focuses on. Thank you for your thoughts.

chris said...

I don't collect coins but I do collect memories... I savor them! I also sort of live for making them... they are valuable and precious to me... I love the stories of Jesus and others from the Bible, sometimes I imagine that I might have a Bible-like story to tell too :-)

From Carols Quill said...

@ Chris - I do believe you DO have a bible-like story to tell. In fact, I think you're telling it over at I'm Just Thinkin and every day in your life.

lynnmosher said...

I like what comes out of your noggin! Great thoughts, Carol! :D

From Carols Quill said...

Thanks, Lynn. Unfortunately not everything that comes out of my noggin is "brilliant." LOL!

heathercking said...

I'm not a coin collector or a collector of anything really. But I have this daughter who collects rocks and she treasures them just as much as an ancient coin, even when they just come out of our gravel driveway. She sees the beauty in that, I guess in the same way God sees the beauty in us! Thanks, Carol, for sharing!

From Carols Quill said...

@ Heather - ah! a budding geologist! I love rocks and minerals, too and have way too many precious chunks in boxes and in window sills. God sure did hide some beautiful treasures deep in the mud!