SEVERAL YEARS AGO I got a call from a father for help. His young son had fallen from a tree house, injuring his ankle, and he asked if I would pray for the boy. He was in pain and couldn't walk. As his mother comforted him, I assured the father I would pray for his son immediately. My own daughter, who had once been healed of what appeared to be a dislocated bone in her leg, had learned that whenever she had a problem she could trust that God would help. Nothing was too hard for divine Love.
Moved by a sense of compassion for the boy, I knew without a doubt that not only the boy, but also his parents, were being comforted by this same Love. Because Love does not delay, we could expect to witness a quick healing.
I had been studying Science and Health just before the call, so it was open on my desk. As I looked down at the open page, my eyes fell on a quotation of Jesus' words to his astonished disciples when he reappeared to them after his resurrection. "Spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have," he told them (p. 45). Looking up from the page (on which Mary Baker Eddy explained the spiritual significance of that Bible verse), I thought, "Don't be fooled by the mental image of the boy as flesh and bones. That is not what man—this boy—really is, as the disciples discovered when they saw Jesus again. The boy's substance is Spirit, God, and he is spiritual." I felt totally convinced of this fact. To me, this was a moment of spiritual discernment, enabling me to see clearly his true nature.