74: A New Trust

74: A New Trust

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels and Miracles

A New Trust

Ask the LORD your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.

~Isaiah 7:11

I had just graduated from college and I went from May to July without even a single callback from prospective employers. It seemed that my skills as an English major might be useless. I was starting to doubt everything I studied and the path I pursued. “Maybe I should’ve chosen a safer path,” I thought. My parents, who were paying my bills at the time, were starting to get anxious about my unemployment and things were getting tense between us.

One night, after spending time with friends, I pulled into my parents’ driveway and decided to take a walk instead of going inside. It was late and I knew they would be asleep. The neighborhood was quiet as I walked to my old elementary school, only a couple of minutes away. The gates were open, so I let my mind wander as I looked at the building, the playground, and the playing fields. I had worked so hard to get through school, all the way up to my bachelor’s degree, and yet I felt as far away from my future as I did when I was ten years old. I needed help and didn’t know where to get it.

I walked over to the baseball field where I used to play and looked up at the sky. I searched for the right words, but all I could think of were curses. It had been a very long time since I looked up for answers and I had practically forgotten how to do it. Finally, more out of desperation than anger, I said out loud, “God, if you have a plan for me, I’d like to see the blueprints.” I then left the school grounds and headed back home.

I decided to take a different, longer path back to the house. As I walked, I noticed almost all the streetlights were out. There was one still lit, however, and as I passed under it I noticed something shiny on the ground. It was a penny. As I picked it up, I noticed another penny, and another, and another. Searching the street and the grass I found nearly a dollar’s worth of pennies scattered under this one light. I was in shock. I had never seen so much change on the ground. Somehow, it filled me with hope. I suddenly felt like everything was going to be okay, even though a dollar was not going to solve any of my financial problems. “Maybe my luck will turn around,” I thought. I pocketed all the change and returned home in a brighter mood.

A week later, I saw an ad in the newspaper for a job. The position called for a writer/proofreader for a local magazine called The Pennysaver. I thought back to that night on the street and felt like this could be the one. I sent in my résumé, got a call three days later, and got the job by the end of August. I couldn’t believe it!

I was fortunate to stay with that job for seven years before moving on to my dream job of teaching. And ever since that night, I have regained trust in the universe and how things fall into place.

Whenever I’m in doubt and feel like nothing will go my way, I look for signs, not out of desperation or fear but out of trust. I trust that anything is possible as long as I believe it is and as long as I keep my eyes open.

That night I felt like I was being watched over. In a lot of ways, I still carry that same awe of seeing all those pennies on the ground, and to this day I chuckle to myself every time I pick one up.

~Mike D’Alto

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