Sometime back I had to travel to an area in Honduras, which is five hours away from my home, to help take inventory of a store. As soon as I arrived, I was treated to seafood, and immediately after that I went to work. Soon I began to feel a very cold sweat rolling down my forehead. I felt feverish and so unsteady that I thought I was going to faint. I thought it was because of the hot weather, which was close to 104 F° (40°C,) and had an energizing drink to try to regain my strength. But then I felt so nauseous that the store manager gave me some medicine for my stomach. I took it, but still didn’t feel well. I returned home the next day. The discomfort disappeared, and I didn’t pay any more attention to it.
However, a few days later the high temperature returned along with strong discomfort in my whole body. I went to see a doctor, who first thought my blood had been poisoned with the seafood I had eaten, and he prescribed some pills. The discomfort persisted, and when I saw him again, his final diagnosis was that I was suffering from a severe kidney infection. Then he said that because of my condition, I couldn’t take any more medication.
I was loaded with work in my office during those days, and my manager asked me to work long hours, even on Saturdays. Since I was still not feeling well, I started taking ten pills every day to keep the temperature under control and to try to cope with the discomfort and weakness I was feeling.
Finally, I consulted a specialist, who requested further testing. The results showed that I had lupus.
Within a year, I had to be hospitalized a couple of times, and subsequent examinations were not giving much hope. It was hard for me even to get out of bed. I remember one day I prayed and asked God to save me from the suffering I was going through and to take me with Him, as I didn’t want to be bedridden and a burden to my parents. I even thought I didn’t have many days left to live.
The only thing that was present was the divine substance of Spirit, good.
My sister knew that I had at one time studied Christian Science for several years, so she called a friend of mine who is a Christian Science practitioner, and told her what I was going through. I had even taken Primary class instruction in Christian Science, but in the years that followed I had been so busy with work, including my classes at the university, that I was not attending church or practicing what I had learned in that class.
When I received the call from the practitioner, I remember that her words moved me so much that they brought tears to my eyes. It was a great relief to hear that the only thing that was present was the divine substance of Spirit, good. I was able to see that no poison could ever contaminate my life. I felt peace and joy in knowing that God and His perfect creation are always present. I asked her to pray for me, which she began to do immediately.
My sister supported me by reading citations from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy to me. One of them says: “Divine Principle is the Life of man. … Truth is not contaminated by error. Harmony in man is as beautiful as in music, and discord is unnatural, unreal” (p. 304).
After the third day, I began doing my household chores. And from then on everything went back to normal. With gratitude I began studying Christian Science again. The healing was complete.
I realized that many times mortal thought suggests that we shouldn’t pray because we don’t know how to do it. It insists that the healings done in Jesus’ time are no longer possible. Instead of rebelling against these suggestions, we accept them, believing that prayer is not effective, and we surrender to a life of suffering. Many times, only when we have exhausted every human hope, do we run to the arms of God, divine Love, who is always full of mercy, welcomes us back like a loving Father, and heals us.
This experience helped me understand that I always need to be alert not to worry, as the Bible says (see Matthew 6:25), about the challenges we face in life, that would make us neglect what is truly important: to keep open our communication with God, Our Father-Mother.