“Can you take me to get my medication?” Janice asked me a few weeks ago. (This is an alias.)
I agreed, telling her I could take her a little later that afternoon. When I pulled up in front of her house, I chatted with her upstairs neighbors for a bit. The lady – who had also come asking for food one time – gave me a packet of bean seeds for the garden.
Soon, we saw Janice puffing down the sidewalk toward us.
“Katrina!” she hollered at me from half a block away. She could tell I was talking to her neighbors on the porch. “Don’t have anything to do with those people.”
Instead, I ignored her comment, said a pleasant good-bye to the neighbors, and got behind the driver’s seat.
She jumped into the car. As we drove off, she explained that she had been trying to get some money for the co-pay on the medications we were going to pick up. I’ll say it was $15, although my memory is shaky.
“You have a co-pay?” I asked. I didn’t remember anything like that from her previous visits.
“Yes,” she said. “If you give me $15, I’ll pay you back next week when Bill gets paid.”
“Okay,” I said. “Well, you can go in and see if they will give you the medication. If they don’t, I can come in and pay it for you.”
“I don’t want anyone holding my hand!” she snarled. “Why would you have to come in with me? Why are you treating me like a child?”
Never mind that I had gone in with her previously to wait on something.
How would you respond?
Well, I hate to leave you on a cliffhanger too often, but I really would like to get some feedback from you. I got the idea from my brother, who posts accounting questions on his LinkedIn newsletter.
I also want to leave this with you to remind you of the true complexity of people’s requests. Jesus knew the hearts of everyone, but we do not. We are forced to go with what we can see and hear. We are forced to face the fact that the best way of loving someone isn’t always obvious or smooth.
Also, I need ideas for the future!
I’ll follow up with the rest of the story next week, after I hear your feedback. If you don’t want to comment, but want to email me directly, shoot me an email. Katrina@500-words.com. However, Marnell is taking me on a little birthday excursion (I don’t even know where we are going, so it’s quite exciting) and I may not be able to reply to all emails. So don’t be offended if I don’t reply!
P.S.: I am actively streamlining my blog delivery system to one platform. If you receive these posts by email, your email may look slightly different in the upcoming weeks, but should let you read the blog in much the same way. Thanks for your patience!