Several years ago, I injured both of my knees. I could not walk more than a short distance without pausing. The pain was sharp and piercing, and it hindered me from doing what I love: running.
I attributed the injury to the improper and excessive training I had done throughout the year in preparation for the upcoming track season, and I was deeply angered by it. My coaches informed me that I should see a doctor, who would most likely say that I would need surgery. They had seen this happen to many other students, and informed me that, even with surgery, my ability to run would be limited.
Having been raised in a Christian Science home, I chose to work this challenge out through prayer because I had had many other healings prior to this and knew of the efficacy of Christian Science. I focused on the idea that man is the reflection of God and that nothing can hinder, handicap, or disprove this law.
Mary Baker Eddy defines God in part as “the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 587). For me, “all-acting” really hit a home run because I realized that since God is all-acting and I am His reflection, I had the ability to express His “all-action”—and this included running.
I also prayed with Mrs. Eddy’s phrase “O Life divine, that owns each waiting hour,” which really emphasized to me that God owned each hour, minute, and second (Christian Science Hymnal, No. 207). This also included each idea and each action. I tied the idea of God being all-acting to His owning everything, every moment, every thought, and came to the realization that God was truly omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient.
I immediately knew healing had taken place because I was not afraid of the pain or scared of injuring my knees further. I felt fearless.
I put my shoes on and went out and ran more than a mile. I did it so easily and freely. Throughout the run I remember getting bursts of gratitude and running faster and farther.
I became doubtful, however, about the healing, and thought that it would only last for a little while. I thought that a healing like this could never happen and that my knees would return to their previous injured state.
But later that week, I prayed to know that the healing was permanent. I focused on the idea that once the truth is understood and demonstrated, there can be no relapse.
And the healing was indeed permanent. It took place about five years ago. I am not disabled by my knees in any way, and I have the ability to run however far I like. I am very grateful to have become closer to God and to better comprehend His omnipotence and His permanence.
Lubbock, Texas, US