A little girl went to her bedroom and pulled a glass jelly jar from its hiding place in the closet. She poured the change out on the floor and counted it carefully. Three times. No chance here for mistakes. Carefully placing the coins back in the jar and twisting on the cap, she slipped out the back door and made her way 6 blocks to a drug store.
She waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some attention, but he was too busy talking to a man. Sabrina twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise. Nothing. She cleared her throat with the most disgusting sound she could muster. No good. Finally she took a quarter from her jar and banged it on the glass counter. That did it!
”And what do you want?” the pharmacist asked in an annoyed tone of voice. “I'm talking to my brother whom I haven't seen in ages.” He said without waiting for a reply to his question.
”Well, I want to talk to you about my brother,” Sabrina answered back in the same annoyed tone. “He's really, really sick ... and I want to buy a miracle.”
”I beg your pardon?” said the pharmacist.
”His name is Adam and he has something bad growing inside his head and my Dad says only a miracle can save him now. So how much does a miracle cost?”
”We don't sell miracles here, little girl. I'm sorry but I can't help you.” The pharmacist said, softening a little.
”Listen, I have the money to pay for it. If it isn't enough, I will get the rest. Just tell me how much it costs.” said the little girl.
The pharmacist's brother was a well dressed man. He asked the little girl, “What kind of a miracle does your brother need?”
”I don't know,” Sabrina replied with her eyes welling up. I just know he's really sick and Mommy says he needs an operation. But my Dad can't pay for it, so I want to use my money.”
”How much do you have?” asked the pharmacist's brother.
”One ringgit and eleven cents,” Sabrina answered barely audibly. “And it's all the money I have, but I can get some more if I need to.”
”Well, what a coincidence,” smiled the man. “One ringgit and eleven cents - the exact price of a miracle for little brothers.” He took her money in one hand and with the other hand he grasped her hand and said, “Take me to where you live. I want to see your brother and meet your parents. Let's see if I have the miracle you need.”
That well dressed man is a surgeon, specializing in neuro-surgery. The operation was completed free of charge and it wasn't long until Adam was home again and doing well. Mom and Dad were happily talking about the chain of events that had led them to this place. “That surgery,” her Mom whispered. “was a real miracle. I wonder how much it would have cost?”
Sabrina smiled. She knew exactly how much a miracle cost ... one ringgit and eleven cents ... plus the faith of a little child.
In our lives, we never know how many miracles we will need. A miracle is not the suspension of natural law, but the operation of a higher law … by having Faith in God.