#Retrospective — This post originally published September 4, 2019
She was just a poor old widow barely getting by on what little she had. Yet I’d never seen someone with such devotion to God. Despite the trials, despite losing her husband, she did not lose her faith in God. All she had was two small copper coins to her name, but she wanted to show her gratitude to God.
I pleaded with her not to go, to keep the two small coins. I reminded her that the teachers of the law should be taking care of her. It was their duty after she lost her husband. “Why support the temple when it doesn’t support you?” I questioned. She just smiled back at me. She wouldn’t listen to me and proceeded to the temple to give her last two copper coins.
I followed behind her. She was too stubborn to want my help, but I would follow her just in case she needed someone to assist her. Inside the temple court, as she made her way to treasury, I spotted those teachers of the law putting on a show as they deposited large amounts into the treasury. The coins made a large noise. When this widow made her deposit, the two coins were barely audible. I stood a ways back, slipping behind a pillar so she wouldn’t see me as she exited the courtyard. That’s when I saw him standing within earshot of me.
I had heard about this teacher who called himself Jesus. I noticed him watching the woman leaving the courtyard. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
His words amazed me. Such wisdom. I knew she gave all she had in belief that God would provide, but how did he know? It was as if he knew her heart, as if he had listened in on our conversation, as if he knew my thoughts. This widow’s faith, her actions, and now the words of this Jesus pierced me to the core. My heart stirred like never before in my life.
#WednesdayWalk Through the Bible — an exploration of what unknown people might have seen or felt when they witnessed the events in the Bible. This post is from the perspective of someone who witnessed the poor widow contributing to the temple treasury based on Luke 21:1-4 (NIV).
“For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.” – 2 Corinthians 8:12
© 2019 CGThelen
11 thoughts on “Two-bit Faith #WednesdayWalk”
Love this Cindy!!! I love looking at scripture through the eyes of someone we don’t read about. Do you mind if I share this post – a link to it?
Thanks. Yes, go ahead and share. I like writing these as it helps me get inside the scripture deeper and think about how I would respond to what was occurring at the time.
I love the way you became a character in the story – a bystander – telling it in the first person. I felt as if I was there, too. Thank you! Follow that widow… she has more to teach us, I’m sure! ❤
The widows in the Bible teach us a lot about living out our faith in God. Thanks for reading. Blessings.
Thanks. Blessings to you this day.
Really like how you can draw on these smaller moments of scripture and bring them to life. Great lesson in this one. God bless!
I like this instance because of what it conveys in just a few verses — God cares about the heart. Seemingly insignificant things in this world matter greatly to God. Thanks for the comment.
Great way of sharing this story!
It challenges me to give my all to God. Thanks for the comment.
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