A number of years ago I had a wonderful healing that resulted from thinking about one of my favorite Bible passages. I was an attorney, running around in high heels and arguing cases in several different courts, when I suddenly found it very difficult to walk because of a painful corn that had developed on the outside of my foot. I had too much work to let it stop me, so I began walking more on the inside of my foot.
In spite of many healings I’d had through prayer alone, I had not taken the time to turn to God because I had accepted the false belief that my busy schedule did not leave enough time for God and prayer. Wrong!
By the end of the week I could barely make it home, because now there was also a blister on the inside of my foot. So I finally did what I should have done from the beginning, and every morning. I grabbed my Bible, and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, and went to the living room to pray. But as I went down the carpeted stairs, I slipped and fell with all my weight on the same foot. Now it was even more painful. “Left side, right side, top side!” my foot seemed to be screaming.
Then I began to laugh! I had been focusing on self—my body, my schedule, my problems—and all that did was multiply the challenges. I realized that listening to bodily complaints tends to drown out the “still, small voice” of the Christ, Truth, which is always speaking to us. So, sitting right where I had fallen, I turned away from body and self and lifted my thoughts to God, saying: “Thank You, Father-Mother God. I know You always care for me. What do I need to see?”
Immediately a Bible passage came to thought: “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!” (Isaiah 52:7, italics added).
I thought: “OK, to ‘publish’ is to make public. What have I been making public? Peace? God’s salvation for all mankind? No! Just the opposite.” I realized I had been ruminating over the way someone was treating me, and I’d been complaining to others about this individual.
Well, at that point I forgot all about the foot and spent the rest of the evening and the next day focusing on this Bible passage. I began praying to purify my love for God and man—to see this man as God’s precious child, pure, honest, and loving. I listened for divine Love’s guidance about how to publish—communicate to others—only peace and the truth of God’s harmonious government. It was a precious time of getting closer to God and feeling more of the power of divine Love.
On Sunday when I put on my high heels for church, I realized my foot was completely whole—no corn, no blister, no injury.
I am deeply grateful for these powerful Bible passages. They are so relevant to everything we face today, and they bring healing not only to physical problems but to every aspect of our lives.
Christine Jenks Driessen
New York, New York, US
This is adapted from a testimony originally posted during The Mother Church’s online Wednesday testimony meeting.
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