In her book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy gives striking guidance to those confronted with an injury. She states: “Declare that you are not hurt and understand the reason why, and you will find the ensuing good effects to be in exact proportion to your disbelief in physics, and your fidelity to divine metaphysics, confidence in God as All, which the Scriptures declare Him to be” (p. 397).
A year or so ago this guidance proved practical when I inadvertently placed my bare hand on the metal handle of an ovenproof frying pan that had just been in a 400-degree oven. I had used oven mitts to remove the pan from the oven, but after adding the required ingredients, without thinking, I grabbed the hot metal handle to steady it while stirring. The pain was excruciating. Based on the spiritual reasoning in the quote above, my first response was to face down the fear by emphatically affirming that my Father-Mother God was present and the only real power. Next I recognized the need to forgive myself for not using a mitt.
At that point I chose to radically cling to what I knew was true—that I was God’s spiritual, perfect idea at that moment and always. To me, this meant refusing to accept that the material appearance of accident and injury is ever the reality. The loving God I knew through my study and practice of Christian Science could never cause anything but good to happen in His spiritual universe, and I knew that in reality I lived in Spirit—not in matter. In his Sermon on the Mount, Christ Jesus declares, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). I couldn’t be perfect and at the same time be burned!
When my husband came into the kitchen, I asked for his prayerful support, knowing he too would affirm what was spiritually true about my real being and deny the erroneous picture presenting itself to both of us. At that time I determined not to look at the palm of my hand. This quote from Science and Health, long ago committed to memory, had informed my decision: “Look away from the body into Truth and Love, the Principle of all happiness, harmony, and immortality. Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts” (p. 261). I knew, based on the numerous healings I have had over the years as a result of my study of Christian Science, that I could claim my present perfection as the child of a loving God, the only creator, and expect to see that perfection in my experience despite what the material senses were saying to the contrary.
I felt it was right to finish cooking the dish and prepare a salad, as planned. At first I could barely use my hand, even though the pain had greatly diminished, but as I proceeded, affirming my substance as spiritual and perfect, I was able to use it more and more. By the time the meal was ready, I was using both hands. As the evening progressed, all lingering sensation faded, as did the suggestions aggressively coming to me to replay the incident in my thought.
The next morning, there was no evidence of a burn or mark of any kind on my palm and fingers. I was overwhelmed with gratitude to God for this healing.
Divine Truth is true and can be demonstrated. Christian Science, thoroughly grounded in the inspired teachings of the Bible and of Christ Jesus, reveals that God has given us this ability as His beloved children. “The Christ is here, all dreams of error breaking” (Rosa M. Turner, Christian Science Hymnal, No. 202, © CSBD). “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift” (II Corinthians 9:15).
Pamela White Sand
Arlington, Virginia, US