Today was a good day for me and God. I drove to a pharmacy which is a fair distance from my house. I handed in the prescription for my daughter as we do every month. Today was different. The pharmacist returned to the counter and told me it was going to cost $285 for me to leave with this filled prescription.
What could have happened next is that I could have panicked, could have raised my blood pressure, could have started to get a migraine, could have raised my voice at the pharmacist, and done the same with the insurance company, could have believed for a bit that God was not there for me, could have worried about the future, could have worried about how I was going to pay for it now and for the next eleven months, but with God’s help, I did pretty well with the whole situation. Today was a good day for me and God.
He has taught me that He is over everything, even when it feels like things are not going my way. I calmly walked over to the doctor’s office who is in the same building and sat down while they looked into the matter. They said it had nothing to do with the prior authorization. I next called my daughter who called the insurance company. (I was thankful she was at home to do these phone calls.) I sat in the waiting room and prayed while she handled this part. After a while she called back and explained the problem, saying it would take at least 24 hours to resolve. She absolutely needed the medication today so it was not an option to wait another day. We both agreed that I would have to pay for the medication and hope the insurance company could resolve the problem for all future prescriptions.
When I went back over to the pharmacy and asked them to fill it, I was delighted when the pharmacist eagerly told me it just went through perfectly fine. “Praise the Lord!” I said to her. “I’ve been praying about it.” Next, she scanned the bag of medicine and I could tell by the look on her face there was another problem. She went back to her computer and was whispering with the technician. I sat down and prayed some more. In the meantime, an elderly lady came in and sat next to me. She started talking and I wondered if maybe I was supposed to meet her this day. I felt calm knowing God was working on our behalf and so I listened to this woman talk (mostly small talk), but she was quite chatty nevertheless.
The pharmacist called me back to the counter and very apologetically explained that there would be a $285 charge today. Somehow, last month’s prescription went back into the system and it appeared that everything was resolved when it was not. I think she expected me to get angry, but I remained calm and said, “That’s alright. God is still over it all somehow.”
My conversation with the elderly lady in the waiting room seemed trivial, but maybe she just needed to talk with someone today. Maybe my words of God to the pharmacist needed to be heard. Maybe today was simply for me. It showed me that I’ve learned to trust my God. I don’t need to worry about the future, for medications, for the what-ifs in life. He is Lord over everything. Today was a good day for me and God. “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 ESV