It’s easy to forget how miraculous life is, but every so often something happens that’s such a perfect moment, there’s no doubt God had a hand in that precise circumstance.
I generally don’t think God meddles in our minutiae—God really doesn’t help a baseball player hit a home run, right? But there are times when something is just meant to be, like a reminder from God that He is with us, all the time.
A few days ago, I was walking through an area where many homeless people spend time or, in some cases, live. And on this day, a small group of people had set up a table and were serving bread and soup for free to anyone who needed or wanted it. They had a donation box, but I had no cash with me, and I cursed my failure to get to the ATM earlier in the week.
I walked on, no more than 10 feet, when my eyes caught sight of something on the ground. At first, I wasn’t sure what I was seeing. It appeared to be money, but in this crowded area I thought surely if this were cash, someone would have grabbed it up. I looked around for a second, thinking maybe someone nearby had dropped it. Finally, with an odd sense of trepidation, I picked up the money and realized what I had in my hand: a $50 bill.
Could that possibly be?! I felt almost nervous now, half expecting to be caught in some kind of Candid Camera scenario. “It must be fake,” I thought.
I walked over to the man serving soup and showed him the bill. His eyes widened, his face broke into a smile, and he confirmed: “That is seriously $50.”
As my hand moved toward his cash box, the young man expressed shock at first, then with true gratitude and joy told me his girlfriend had just found a $20 bill on the ground a few days earlier.
Coincidence? Not at all.
God is with us. He gives us what we need. We just have to keep our eyes open, trust, and share the riches we find.