In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy writes, “If Spirit or the power of divine Love bear witness to the truth, this is the ultimatum, the scientific way, and the healing is instantaneous” (p. 411). Some years ago, I experienced the truth of this statement when I was healed of a severe breathing difficulty.
A few months previous to this healing, my husband and I had moved across the country in order for him to accept a new job. While I felt sure that this move was a forward step for us, it felt as though I was leaving behind everything that I loved, including family and friends, a budding new career, a beautiful city and home, and even a climate I very much enjoyed. A new job in the new city felt out of my comfort zone and even tedious at times. Our new apartment was small and expensive. To make matters worse, at this time we were in the midst of what was laughingly called a “snowmageddon,” which meant record levels of snow were making even simple daily activities very difficult. I regularly threw myself pity parties.
About this time, I began to experience shortness of breath, and there were times when I felt quite ill. One day, I felt so unwell and so unhappy, I just didn’t feel I could go into work. I knew I needed to find a healing solution to all of my woes. After my husband had left for work that day, I found myself propped up in bed surrounded by reading materials to aid in my prayer. My Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy were at the ready, but I just didn’t feel inspired. And pretty soon, I found myself almost completely unable to breathe.