41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”– Mark 12:41-44
I love this story. It’s been brewing in my heart for the past how many days. As I ponder on and on about this story, I wonder what’s really going on in that poor widow’s life at that very moment? If those two very small copper coins were everything she had to live on, why give it away? Certainly she has mouths to feed and even bills to pay? But why give it all up? I would think twice, if that were me. Then I thought, maybe, just maybe she didn’t have anyone to feed apart from herself nor even bills to pay as she didn’t have anything left. It could be that she had also lost her children? Perhaps given up as slaves? Or lost her home? And that she was practically all alone in her life wandering how she was ever going to get on with only two copper coins in her hand. No hope, no dignity, nothing… except her life and those two little copper.
Then she heard about this man called Jesus, preaching good news to the poor, giving sight to the blind and raising people from the dead. For the first time in her bereaved and abandoned life, she had found hope, a purpose…a brand new life. So, as she passed by the temple, there she found the temple treasury, she took that chance… silently walked towards it, grabbed those little coins inside her pocket which she had been holding on for days deciding where to actually invest it to. Then she dropped it, with eyes tightly closed, thinking to herself, “Lord, this is all I got and I am betting my whole life with it”. As soon as those coins hit the bottom of the jar it created the loudest trickle in heaven – so loud that the King of Kings took notice of it. “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.” Right there, in that very moment, a miracle had just happened. For others who had given out of their wealth, she had given out of the very thing she could bet on…Her life.
What about you? What are you holding on to? Are you willing to give it all up in exchange for a brand new life?