Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return. ~ Leonardo da Vinci
To relieve stress and stretch my legs before stuck in a small airplane seat, I walk around airports. In a recent stroll at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, I found a penny. God placed a Heavenly reminder in my path.
In God We Trust.
When I fly, I place my trust in the designers, builders, pilots, mechanics, and air traffic controllers. I trust them to safely transport me from point A to point B. My physical well-being and safety are in their hands.
In March 1982, I placed my trust in God’s capable Hands. I gave Him my life: past, present, and my eternal future. I trust Him to never leave me, nor forsake me. Throughout the turbulence of life, He remains by my side. When I begin to doubt or waver on His Trustworthiness, I read my journals. There I remember His consistency; always faithful, always trustworthy.
In God I Trust.
During the dark days of the Civil War, a pastor started an appeal to acknowledge God on our national coins. On November 13, 1861, Rev. M. R. Watkinson from Ridleyville, Pennsylvania penned a letter to Secretary of the Treasury, Salmon P. Chase.
Dear Sir: You are about to submit your annual report to the Congress respecting the affairs of the national finances.One fact touching our currency has hitherto been seriously overlooked. I mean the recognition of the Almighty God in some form on our coins.*
One week later, in a letter dated November 20, 1861, Secretary Chase instructed James Pollock, Director of the Mint at Philadelphia, to take action.
Dear Sir: No nation can be strong except in the strength of God, or safe except in His defense. The trust of our people in God should be declared on our national coins.You will cause a device to be prepared without unnecessary delay with a motto expressing in the fewest and tersest words possible this national recognition.*
Several diet sodas and pretzel packs later, I stretch my legs around George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. I walk and walk. On the floor, I spot another reminder. In God We Trust. I pick it up and add it to my collection.
Two airports, two pennies, one profound and timeless message. In God We Trust.
* Source: US Department of Treasury