I read somewhere that God will give you little reminders of his presence, if you ask. Recognizing those reminders is not always easy. But, when you see them, they are like little hugs from God. Little hugs that get you through the day like a baby's giggle, a velcro hug from a 6 year old, or a "you're cool" from a teenager.
Last year, on an ordinary day, I found a dime on the kitchen counter. Later that day, I found a dime on the floor at the gym while stretching at the end of my workout. On the drive home, I found a dime on the floor of my van. It was after the third dime that I realized this was no coincidence. I began to say a quick prayer and a "thank you" for every dime that dime fell into my path after that day.
I have been finding dimes everywhere for the past year. Some of them are out in the open, but others are more hidden, as if they are waiting for me to find them.
My favorite and most important dime was a week into my new job. I realized after day 2 that I had made a big mistake in taking this job. I feared that I would lose my connection with what is truly important in life. It took me an hour every day to get out of bed - an hour that I spent praying for the strength and desire to go to that office where I was afraid I was losing a part of myself. One morning, that prayer was a request to let me know that He is with me at work. While getting my morning tea, I noticed a sole dime sitting on a table in the lunchroom.
Last week, after a small leak in our storage room, I had to move the deep freeze to clean up the water. I wasn't overly upset about the leak - it could have been worse - but the dime I found under the small puddle behind the deep freeze was worth the effort of the clean up!
The next time you find a dime in your coat pocket, in the bottom of the washing machine, or even in the bathroom garbage can (I have found dimes in all of those places), say a prayer of thanksgiving for the wonderful hug you just received from God.
What other dimes do you have in your life?