I was on a long-anticipated tour of Egypt with a group of fellow Christian Scientists. While waiting for the tour bus, I fell off an unseen curb, stumbled, and slammed into a wall. Dazed, I was unable to stand up until a few minutes later, and then I was told that my head was bleeding. Upon examining the wound, the tour director insisted that I be taken to a hospital for treatment and stitches.
Although I stated that I would prefer to return to my room, that course of action was adamantly rejected by the director. His comment was that I needed to have “someone who knew what they were doing” treat the injury. At that point my husband, who is also a devoted Christian Scientist, moved the discussion several feet away from me, allowing me to quietly pray.
Earnestly turning my thought to God, I denied the suggestion that I could ever fall out of God’s harmonious governance or that an accident could occur in God’s universe. I prayed with this healing thought from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy: “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).