I love to water-ski. It’s a thrill to feel the wind on my face and to see the tree-covered mountains fly past as my ski carves the glassy water under my feet.
While water-skiing last summer, I felt the muscles in my back strain and something shift in my spine. The pain was piercing, and my first thought was one of dread. Years ago, I needed the consistent and loving treatment of a Christian Science practitioner, as well as the care of a Christian Science nurse, for a similar condition.
I quickly considered what to do. I could drop the rope, figure out how to be hauled out of the water, worry everyone in the boat, and have them take me—where? Where could I go to be closer to God’s healing presence than I already was at that very moment?