Wednesday Word

What’s the value of half a sand dollar?


Not much really…without perspective, that is.   Last week, my family was able to enjoy a week of vacation along the beautiful North Carolina coast.  One of those precious opportunities to unwind, relax and enjoy extended time together.  Late one afternoon, I stayed behind on the beach while everyone else left to escape the heat.  With my chair sitting ocean side of a low tide puddle, I sat for over an hour enjoying the landscape, talking to God and scooping sand … lots of sand, wet sand.


Along the way, the conversation tilted to the many unanswered questions of the future:  jobs, health, kids, parents, finances, ministry, etc.   I continued my hand-digging during this time of question and … answer.   That is when my right hand hit something fairly solid several inches below the wet sand littered with shell fragments.  You guessed it – half of a sand dollar buried well below the surf.


The significance?   With that discovery, I felt the Lord encouraging me to trust Him with the rest of it.  He has given me this portion.  What I can’t see, He’s got.  After all, “we live by faith and not by sight.”  (2 Cor 5:7).

Half a sand dollar.  To you, it may be insignificant.  To me, a simple reminder that the God who provided the first 50-plus years can take care of what’s left.

Wally Decker
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Married my high school sweetheart (Diane) in 1987. She teaches kindergarten. We attend, fellowship and serve at Faith Missionary Alliance Church of Midway. We have three children: Tyler (20), Brianna (17) and Bradley (14) Obviously most of my free time (what’s that?) is divided between family, church and community activities. Got into radio at age 15…have been part of the WBFJ team since 1983. MON-FRI 1P-3P, SUN 6A-10A