Give, and it shall be given unto you…

Recently, I was buying some of my insulin at the hospital. Before seeing the doctor, I deposited money on my hospital card. (This card can then be used in the doctor’s office to pay for the medicine.) Unsure of how much everything would cost, I asked for one additional pack of needles, which cost about 30 RMB. Unfortunately, the total with the needles was more than I had on the hospital card, so I decided not to get them. I got the insulin and left for a nearby pharmacy to get the rest of my insulin.

When leaving the hospital, I always pass at least one beggar. That day, I passed three. Although I did not have the 30 RMB on the card, I did have some money in my pocket. When passing the first beggar, I reached in my pocket and pulled out a 10 RMB bill and dropped it in his can. This happened again for the second and third beggars, as well. (By the third, I was hoping to pull out a smaller bill from my pocket!)

After giving the 30 RMB, I walked into the pharmacy, mentally adding and subtracting my lack of money. I ordered the insulin, paid for it, and then returned to the medicine counter with my receipt. The man at the counter handed me my medicine and then a box of needles. He said that they were giving me the needles free!

I found again the truth of Luke 6:38! “Give, and it shall be given unto you…”