A Penny For Your Thoughts
By: jessewalker365@hotmail.com

Where do I start? I am 20 years old and I believe in God, my name is Jesse. I have an amazing family and am extremely fortunate for all that I have going for me right now. I try my best to be a good man, and to live a good life and be good to others. Quite a few years ago, when I was in 7th grade or so, I started to slip, I was going through that stage in life, you know because we have all been there, when we start to change and are trying desperately to figure out who we are in this world. From the time I was little I can remember picking on my middle brother, as I am the oldest, I had a certain amount of jealousy towards him. As I got older, it got worse and one day when I was not shining so brightly, I got in a major fight with my family. I remember telling my brother that I "hated him," and that "I wished that he would die." I was so mad that I went for a jog down the road and prayed to God for a sign, a sign of his existence, and remember asking him to "help me change who I was." Later that evening I came home and began fighting with my family again, I remember dad telling me that "If I did not change, I would have to find somewhere else to live." I sat down on my bed and began to cry. I have not cried out of sadness since. I had many bad thoughts going through my head, thoughts that a person should never think about. Manly I was just wishing that my middle brother Justin had never been born. As I was sitting on the edge of my bed, the window of my room was open behind me. As all of these bad thoughts were running through my head, and I was at my worst, a penny was thrown over my shoulder form outside. We live in the middle of know where, and no one could have thrown it but one of my brothers. The penny hit the wall across my room and began to spin on my hard floor. It kept spinning and spinning for a very long time. Then It slowly stopped and I was very confused. I quickly realized that the laws of physics did not apply to the situation, so I ran out of my room only to find my family all sitting on the couch talking about me. I asked everyone "who did it?" They only looked at me like I was evil and had no idea of what I was talking about. It was at this time that I realized that I had gotten my message from God, and he helped me change into a much better person. For the longest time I did not understand the significance of the penny. "Why a penny?"

Two years ago I wrote a research paper on Angels because my college English teacher had asked us to write about one of the many wonders of the world. Out of curiosity I chose angels. During my research I somehow came across the saying "A Penny For Your Thoughts?" When I found out what it meant, I suddenly realized the significance of the spinning penny. It means, "What are you thinking?"

God really changed me that day, and I have been Justin's best friend ever since. Even though it took many years to fully understand what he was trying to tell me, he got my attention and I changed as a result. I hope others can learn from my story.

I love my family dearly and feel very fortunate to have them.

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