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What’s In a Name?

May 2, 2018

Blog By Polly Boyette

Driving home one day, I saw the pharmacy on the corner and remembered I had to pick up a prescription. I just pulled up to the drive-thru window of the pharmacy and waited.

“May I help you?” asked the lady at the window.

“Yes,” I replied. “I need to pick up a prescription, please.”

“May I have your name?” she asked.

“Yes, Boyette,” I replied.

The woman left the window to go check on the prescription while I waited. In a few minutes the woman returned.

“Ma’am?” she asked. “Can you give me your first name, please?”

“Polly,” I replied.

The woman once again darted off.

Finally the woman reappeared, but she did not have my prescription.

“Ma’am,” she began. “Are you sure your prescription is at this pharmacy?”

“Yes,” I replied. “They called this morning to say it was ready.”

“Ma’am,” the woman said again. “I see no prescription for Polly Boyette. Are you sure you are at the right pharmacy?”

“Yes, I’m sure,” I said. “I always use this pharmacy.”

“We have no record of a prescription for you here.”

“It has to be here,” I insisted. “They just called me this morning. Can you please check again?”

The woman agreed to look once more.

“Where do they get these people?” I asked myself.

Just then the woman reappeared.

“Ma’am,” she said again. “I’m sorry, there’s no prescription for you here.”

“But I told you, the pharmacy called me today!”

“What the pharmacy said when they called you?” she asked.

“What do you mean what did they say?” I asked. “They said my prescription was ready to be picked up!”

“Did they say the name of the pharmacy?” she asked patiently.

“Of course they said the name of the pharmacy,” I replied. “They said this is Rite Aid Pharmacy.”

“Ma’am, I’m sorry, but this is not Rite Aid Pharmacy,” she answered.

I just stared back at her, blinking my eyes in disbelief.

“This is Walgreens,” she said slowly to make sure I understood.

I didn’t know what to say. I had seen the pharmacy from the road and just quickly pulled into the drive-thru, not really paying attention.

“Rite Aid is just one more block down,” she said smiling.

I felt like a colossal fool. The woman gave me a sympathetic look as if to say, “Where do these people come from anyway?”

“I’m so sorry,” I said. And then I drove away very quickly.

I finally managed to drive to the correct pharmacy and pick up my prescription with no problem. I also took a long nap because, obviously, I needed one.

I could have stayed at the wrong pharmacy all day asking for my prescription, but no matter how long I asked the result would have been the same.

“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” John 14:13-14 (NIV)

Jesus says He will do whatever we ask in His name. But sometimes, He is our last source. We try every other source first, asking and expecting but without results.

Your needs may be small or overwhelming. Ask in the name of Jesus. Then you can trust you will see results.