I had to pick something up at Walmart and had a coupon for a certain item. I have to confess that I tend to be a stickler for not paying any more than I have to. As I paid for my items I noticed that it seemed that I paid too much. As a matter of fact I was sure that my bill was 10 cents more than it should have been. I grumbled to myself as I walked away and was just about to return and register my complaint when I stopped dead in my tracks. There in front of me on the floor was a dime. As I stooped to pick up the dime it seemed that God spoke to me in Walmart. He was saying to me, “Here’s your dime, now shut up and adjust your attitude”. I was getting upset over a stupid 10 cents. I breathed a prayer of repentance, God forgave me, and a peaceful spirit returned to my soul.
How many times do we let little things occupy our attention when God has so much more for us to be passionate about? We have a tendency to be like Jonah who was so upset that God spared the city of Nineveh from divine judgment. As he waited outside the city he was so glad when a shady plant grew up and sheltered him from the hot sun. He was glad for the plant. However, a worm ate his way through it and it withered. Jonah began to complain that the plant withered and verbally registered his discontent. God spoke to his prophet in Jonah 4:10,11: “But the LORD said, "You have had pity on the plant for which you have not labored, nor made it grow, which came up in a night and perished in a night. And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left--and much livestock?"
God taught his prophet that people are more important than plants. God also spoke to me that a peaceful spirit is worth far more that a dime.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation