One day while working in my garden, I fell backwards. Though I landed hard, I comfortably got up, seemingly uninjured. However, I recognized the need for immediate prayer to calm a rushing sense of disturbance I felt. I was fearful that effects of the fall could be debilitating and painful.
As I prayed, a spiritual truth from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy came immediately to my thought: “Accidents are unknown to God, or immortal Mind, and we must leave the mortal basis of belief and unite with the one Mind, in order to change the notion of chance to the proper sense of God’s unerring direction and thus bring out harmony” (p. 424). I felt safe in the care of the one immortal Mind, and the disturbed feeling was replaced with a sense of peaceful well-being. I kept working and forgot about the fall.
Consequently, I didn’t at first think of the incident when I noticed that my wrist felt sore a couple of hours later as I was planting a small tree. The soreness gradually increased, along with swelling. Wishing to complete the scheduled work for the day, I prayed while I worked. I thought about God’s harmonious all-presence, pointed to in these words from the prophet Jeremiah: “Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord” (Jeremiah 23:24).