Bella Vista Church of Christ





How Much Is A Miracle


  A little girl went to her bedroom and pulled a glass jelly jar from the closet. She poured the change out on the floor and carefully counted it. Placing the coins back in the jar, she slipped out the back door and made her way to Rexall Drug Store. She waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some attention, but he was too busy at this moment. 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. "I'm talking to my brother from Chicago 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," Tess answered. "He's really, really sick...And I want to buy a miracle." "I beg your pardon?" said the pharmacist." His name is Andrew and he has something bad growing inside his head, and my Daddy 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. "Listen, I have the money to pay for it. If it isn't enough, I'll get the rest... Just tell me how much it costs."


  The pharmacist's brother was a well-dressed man. He stooped down and asked the little girl, "What kind of a miracle does your brother need?" "I don't know," Tess replied,"I just know he's really sick and Mommy says he needs an operation. But my Daddy can't pay for it, so I want to use my money." "How much do you have?" asked the brother from Chicago. "One dollar and eleven cents," Tess answered barely audible. "Well, what a coincidence," smiled the man. "One dollar and eleven cents... The exact price of a miracle for little brothers." He took her money in one hand and with the other, he grasped her mitten and said "Take me to where you live. I want to see your brother and meet your parents. Let's see if I might have the miracle you need."


  That well-dressed brother was a neurosurgical specialist, Dr. Carlton Armstrong. So, the operation was completed free of charge and it wasn't long until Andrew was home and doing well. Mom and Dad were happily talking about the chain of events that had led them to this point. "That surgery," her Mom whispered, "was a real miracle. I wonder how much it would have cost?" Tess smiled. She knew exactly how much a miracle cost... one dollar and eleven cents... Plus the faith of a little child.
In our lives, we never know how many miracles we will need.


Remember this... A miracle

is not the suspension of natural law,

but the operation of a higher law.