A couple of years ago I was at an outdoor swimming pool with my family. I put on my swimsuit in the changing room and began to walk out to the pool. Although the floor had several pads for sure footing, I stepped on a section that was not covered, and I slipped and fell on the wet floor. Immediately on falling down, I declared in my thought that “accidents are unknown to God . . . ,” a quote from page 424 of Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy. After a moment I was able to get to my feet and swim with my family; however, I had a nagging pain in my back from the fall.
After I got home the pain became more severe, and that night I could not sleep well. The next morning I called a Christian Science practitioner for prayerful help. I was able to make it through my day at work, but was still in pain. The next evening I was reading Science and Health and came upon this phrase: “. . . the unbroken reality of scientific being” (p. 494). The phrase was enough for me to hold on to—that as a spiritual idea of God, my being could not be overstretched or broken in any way. That same night I felt a movement in my back, and when I woke the next morning I was completely free.
Until recently I used to ask myself why I felt I could not always hear God speaking to my thought at moments when I reached out for divine comfort. But now I’ve gained a new appreciation for the different ways in which the Word of God speaks to us, meeting our direct need. Whether in the form of a favorite Bible passage, a phrase from Science and Health, or a well-loved hymn, these inspirations do come to us in thought just when we need them. Then the need is met, and, as Mrs. Eddy phrased it, “ ‘The Word was made flesh.’ Divine Truth must be known by its effects on the body as well as on the mind, before the Science of being can be demonstrated” (Science and Health, p. 350).
I am extremely grateful for Christian Science. When we trust in God, Love, it never fails us.
A.L. (originally published in the November 7, 2011 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel)