A Coin in My Pocket by Barb Witt

“By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me—a prayer to the God of my life.”

(Psalm 42:8 NIV)

Linette put her hand in her pocket and clutched the coin she kept there. She traced the outline of the cross with her fingers. Her pastor had given her the coin. He told her it would remind her that Jesus was right there whenever she needed Him. And she needed Him now.

She had been standing in line for quite a while now, clutching the required paperwork as if it would jump out of her hand and run away. She peeked around the person in front of her. She was number five from the front of the line. She had just gotten her certification as a Nurse’s Aide, and the local hospital was hiring. Currently, she worked at an Assisted Living facility but wanted to broaden her experiences. She planned to go to a local Nursing School in the near future and wanted to get the feel of a hospital environment before she started her studies. This would give her good understanding of the ins and outs of patient care. She was particularly interested in surgery, and heard that there were a couple of spots in the O.R. to be filled that she qualified for.

Finally, she was next. She handed her paperwork to the lady behind the table and smiled. Her nametag read ‘Sara O’Malley, RN’.

Sara looked at Linette, smiled and glanced down at her paperwork. “I see you’d like to work in the O.R. We can use someone with a good, eager attitude in there. Think you can do it?”

“Well, I’ve never worked in the O.R. before, but I do work in an Assisted Living Facility now, so I have some experience. I am attending the local Nursing School in the fall, and I am very interested in surgery. I thought this would help me understand what I would be getting in to. But I’m willing to work anywhere I can be useful. I have so much to learn.” Linette’s eyes sparkled as she thought about her nursing future.

Sara noted that sparkle. She liked this young woman. “We’ll be contacting you in the next few days. You have a great afternoon now. It was very nice to meet you.”

Linette clutched the business card Sara had given her and smiled all the way home. When she walked in the door, she immediately went to her bedroom, knelt beside her bed, and prayed earnestly to the Lord of her life. “Father, thank You for being with me today. If this is where You want me to be, please open the door for me. You know how much I want to be a nurse, but I want to do what You want me to do, so if this is it, please let it happen.”

The next day, Linette received a phone call from Sara, offering her a position in the O.R. She accepted and made an appointment to go in and sign the paperwork and do Orientation. She was so excited she didn’t know what to do. So she bowed her head and prayed, “Thank You Father. I promise to do my very best and learn everything I can. Please walk beside me through this journey. I will most definitely need You with me all the way. Thank You again Lord. You’re the best.” She opened her eyes and jumped up. “I have to tell the pastor, oh and my mom, too.” She grabbed her jacket and ran out the door a song in her heart and a skip in her step, rubbing the coin she carried in her pocket.

And now, we pray…

Lord, through all the journeys and adventures in our lives, we need You. You are our guide and counsel in all things. Without You, we have nothing. Always walk beside us in everything.

In Jesus’ name we pray, AMEN!

A Coin in My Pocket (©Barb Witt 2/17/2020)

About the Author:

Barb Witt is a Christian wife, mother and grandmother who loves gardening, quilting, crafting, writing poetry and devotions, and is working on a children’s book. She has created an email devotional and prayer warrior ministry that she sends out daily. If you’re interested in being added to her email list let us know.