There is an old saying, "Be careful what you wish for because you might get it." I am grateful to be getting what I've wanted, since as a lifelong student of Christian Science, my desire is to draw closer to God.
Prior to my Christian Science Students Association meeting one year, I took two days' vacation, arriving in my motel on Thursday afternoon. I began studying various references from the Bible and Science and Health. Friday, after continuing my study, I got up from the chair and tripped over a corner of the bedspread. In an effort to break my fall, I threw out my hands in front of me toward the wall. I hit the wall with my right hand and heard an extremely loud crack or snap. Immediately there was pain in several of my fingers. This was followed by swelling and stiffness. I could not move either my middle or ring finger. I started praying immediately. Although I did not have my fingers medically examined, the damage appeared to be serious.
Many truths came to mind. I stated them out loud and very emphatically as they came to thought. First came the declaration of my unbroken wholeness as God's perfect, spiritual idea. I could not be separated or broken away from my Father-Mother, divine Principle, Love. As a spiritual idea, I could be nothing less than complete, whole, intact, and there were no accidents in God's creation to interfere with or alter this truth. I declared also that the substance of my being was not flesh and bones but ideas such as usefulness, tangibility, strength, flexibility Then came to thought a statement from Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy: "There is but one primal cause. Therefore there can be no effect from any other cause, and there can be no reality in aught which does not proceed from this great and only cause" (p. 207).