I Found a Penny

It wouldn’t be a life changing event for most people – nothing like winning the lottery. No, just one cent. I found what is one one-hundredth of a dollar on the ground while camping, yet this brought a smile to my face.

Let me explain. I had found a penny on the ground 15 years ago, too. I was in a shopping mall, just wasting nervous energy while waiting for my neurology appointment. I’d been diagnosed with MS a few weeks before, and since this disease initially affected my vision, I had taken a leave of absence from my job as an RN in the operating room. I was waiting for the okay to go back to work.

The “what if’s” flooded my brain with fear. What if I was permanently visually impaired? What about my job? What if I couldn’t drive? What if? What if…

And so, on and on it went… my mind was spinning. I happened to look under the bench where my husband and I were seated and found an old penny. It was heads up, and I noticed that Abe Lincoln’s head had spots from all the hands it had touched over the years. Just like my head. My MRI showed spots too.

It was the words above his head that affected me though: “In God We Trust.”

“Yes! That’s it,” I thought.

I decided right then and there to put all my fears, worries and troubles safely in God’s capable hands. Perhaps in doing this, He could help me make some sense of MS.

I know faith in a higher power isn’t for everyone. Some people don’t believe in anything at all, some struggle to discover the kind of faith that will carry them through.

The point is, I put my faith in something better. I put my trust and anxieties in something other than my “what if’s.” Finding random “cents” reminds me to but my trust in the proper place and make some “sense” of this senseless disease. And I hope you find your penny, whatever it may be.
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Nancy Roberts

Nancy Roberts is a registered nurse, currently working in the operating room. She is a mother of two grown children and lives in Woodbury, Minnesota. She has lived with multiple sclerosis for nearly 15 years.

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  • Linda L Halvorson   Dec 28, 2017 10:28 AM
    Thanks. Good post whatever ones belief system.
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    seniorfriend4u  Dec 28, 2017 11:33 AM
    JESUS is my inspiration....GOD BLESS
  • Fel Wittorf   Dec 28, 2017 12:26 PM
    How cool is that. You looked at the penny and that's what came to you. Very, very cool. Love those thoughts.

    Wishing the very best for you today and always Nancy.

  • David Maskalick   Dec 28, 2017 4:29 PM
    It was 1987, three years after I completed my PhD and had started my career in biotechnology development in the pharmaceutical industry when I was diagnosed with progressive MS. I was able to persevere and continue contributing to my life with my wife and to my career for another thirteen years before being asked to take long term disability in 2000. Then I worked ten years to try to start a business which didn’t go anywhere, but, it left me with many ideas I’ve been using to compose over twenty chapters in a book I intend to publish. Its great that God has left you still able to work as a registered nurse. I’ve retained a positive outlook on life since I believe that God provides everyone with many other rewarding opportunities in their future even if their abilities are not what they once were.
  • Kathy Dolan   Dec 30, 2017 6:43 AM
    I have experienced too many miracles in my life NOT to believe in a "higher power," as you put it. Indeed, there is a higher power, and HIS name is Jesus. There will come a time when each and every one of us will meet that higher power, and we will all be spending eternity in one of two place. Take out your Bible, blow off the dust, and read the book of John. You won't be sorry you did.
  • Cindy   Jan 6, 2018 1:27 PM
    Thanks for reminding me. Sometimes I am distracted and forget
  • Sharon   Jan 14, 2018 6:00 PM
    Thank you for sharing!
  • Kim Standard   Jan 15, 2018 12:26 PM
    It has been God that has gotten me through life with MS! 38 years of dealing with it. I am walking again so don’t ever give up hope
  • Susan M Hero   Jan 17, 2018 12:11 PM
    I am scared to death Nancy, I am 59 years old, I waited to enjoy this time of my life. I can tell my daughter is afraid I will drop her newborn baby, I have stopped picking her up when she cries. I waited my whole life for this moment.I adopted two beautiful children from Korea. They were stamped, "unadoptable". One with a serious heart defect that took his life at 5 years old. I woke up on Christmas Eve, he was next to me in my bed, he had died in his sleep. I tried to revive him, it was too late. He had been dead for about three hours. His sister had been abused in every way you can be abused. I didn't think she would ever trust me. Now, she is my best friend and I am hers. She told a friend, she wanted to die a day before me because she could never bury me, I had given my life for hers. She owes me nothing. I was the lucky one. How am I going to die before her eyes? The doctors ignored all my symptoms. I literally said, you idiots, I know I have MS, let's check it out NOW. They waited too long, I was well into the disease. I am so angry. Please give me something to hope for. Thank you for listening, Sue Hero
  • Donna   Jan 26, 2018 3:10 PM
    love that story, God will never put us through anything we can not handle God Bless. I was diagnosed 14 years ago primary progressive now. still drive and work. only part time but hey I'm doing it!