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Before you toss a coin in, read the label.

“Three coins in the fountain, each one seeking happiness, thrown by three hopeful lovers, which one will the fountain bless?” These lyrics from Frank Sinatra’s, “Three coins in the fountain,” came to mind recently as a woman tested the “luck” of coins in an almost catastrophic way.

An 80-year-old woman, identified only by the name, Qiu, was preparing to board a China Southern Airlines flight from Shanghai to Guangzhou. As she walked toward the plane, she tossed 9 coins in the engine turbine for “good luck.” Qiu, a Buddhist, believed that the coins would bring luck and safety to the flight.

Of course, 150 passengers were evacuated due to concerns that a coin would be sucked into the turbine. The flight was delayed 5 hours. Qiu was detained and investigated.

Still believe in luck? Many do. Horoscopes, fortune cookies, and trips to Las Vegas are proof of that! But luck doesn’t exist. Not knowing the future can seem scary. So people look for “good luck” as a way to hedge against “bad luck.”

The Bible teaches us that God is in charge, but He allows for the freewill of man and the temptations of Satan. The apparent randomness of life in a fallen world will cause us pain. There will be days when Satan seems to be winning. Yet God’s victory is assured!

God knows and declares the beginning from the end (Isaiah 46:10). Ultimately, things are worked out for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28). God provides (Matthew 10:29-31), even in matters appearing to be chance (Proverbs 16:33), and in events that seem bad but are for our good (Genesis 50:20). All His gifts are good (James 1:17).

God hasn’t left us to grope blindly through time. He has revealed the only future that truly matters – an eternity with or without His presence. We can know our future (1 John 5:13)!

Coins in a fountain? No. And definitely don’t throw coins in a turbine! Put those coins to better use as a steward of His blessings. And check the coin…it says, “In God we trust.”

Digging Up Buried Treasure

Ever find anything valuable on your property? We have all heard the stories. I suppose one of the most famous is Jed Clampett who was “shootin’ at some food, when up from the ground came a bubblin’ crude…oil that is, black gold, Texas tea.” It is a nice idea, but if you are like me, you’ve probably never found black gold (or any kind of gold) on your property.

Last year, one California couple found quite a treasure while walking their property. Apparently, they saw something sticking out of the ground and proceeded to dig up several rusty cans. Eight of those cans were, “filled with more than 1,400 rare and perfectly preserved U.S. gold coins dating from 1847 to 1894.” The L.A. Times reported last week that the coins were appraised at greater than $10 million!

This family lives in an area that was popular in the 1850’s during a period known as the “gold rush.” Gold fever led thousands away from home and family to chase “buried treasure” out west. The iconic cry became, “thar’s gold in them thar hills!” The sad reality is that few ever found gold and many died trying.

It is hard to imagine, but experts believe that someone who didn’t trust banks buried the coins over several years! You might think, “I would never bury and abandon something so valuable,” but did you know that people do worse every day? What about faith? People place their faith in a treasure chest, mark a map with “x,” and promise to return later. They neglect prayer, bible reading, and faith in God, thinking that this valuable treasure can be “dug up” later. Sadly, many never return.

In Luke 18:8, Jesus asked the question, “when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” Faith is the “buried treasure” that God wants to see in our lives. Have you buried or abandoned your faith? If your faith is buried, don’t wait; dig it up today. Renew your relationship with the true treasure of this life – eternity in heaven with God…salvation through Christ.