I often remind myself that God never places anyone in a hopeless situation, and that we are never without His loving help. I experienced clear proof of this when I was at a family reunion last year.
As I was carrying something from the kitchen to the garage, my right foot got caught in a crevice in the garage floor, and it became twisted as I fell. I got up immediately while mentally affirming that my perfection as God’s reflection was intact. I reasoned that I was not hurt because I could not fall from my original state of perfection as God’s spiritual, perfect idea—the true identity of each of us.
Although I felt some pain, I was able to move about freely, acknowledging God as the source of my well-being, strength, and harmony. I remembered the instruction Mary Baker Eddy gives on page 397 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “When an accident happens, you think or exclaim, ‘I am hurt!’ Your thought is more powerful than your words, more powerful than the accident itself, to make the injury real.”
That week the subject of the Bible Lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly was “Soul.” I had memorized the Golden Text, Psalms 84:11: “For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”
I also thought deeply about a passage on page 467 of Science and Health that begins with the question, “What are the demands of the Science of Soul?” The answer is so instructive that I had also committed this first part to memory: “The first demand of this Science is, ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before me.’ This me is Spirit. Therefore the command means this: Thou shalt have no intelligence, no life, no substance, no truth, no love, but that which is spiritual.”
I asked myself, “Did God make me fall? Would God hurt me?” Reasoning that God is infinite Love, who holds me and all of His children upright, perfect, and free, I concluded that it was not possible to step outside of God’s loving protection. So I wasn’t praying to fix an injured foot, but rather to look away from the false report of the material senses and see only what God sees—the wholeness of His spiritual creation. And once again I reminded myself that God never places anyone in a hopeless situation, because we are never beyond His help.
That night as I was getting ready for bed, my foot was hurting more. I didn’t want to call attention to myself by limping, but it was difficult to put weight on the foot. I really desired to prove the healing power of prayer in Christian Science. The next day we were planning to visit area museums that required lots of walking, and two days later I would need to walk through large airports to return home.
Since I was sharing a hotel room with other relatives and didn’t feel right about keeping the light on after my roommates were in bed, I didn’t try to study. I just got into bed and spent much of the night praying with hymns from the Christian Science Hymnal and familiar passages from the Bible and Mrs. Eddy’s writings.
The next morning I was almost free of pain and inflammation. The top of my foot was still a bit sore, but that didn’t restrict my movement in any way. My heart was so filled with gratitude, and I thanked God silently throughout the day. I could walk normally around the museums and other places, and the following day I was able to walk through the airports freely.
A couple of days after arriving home, I noticed the pain was completely gone. This was another proof that God never places any of His children in hopeless situations. Nothing can stop the constant flow of good from God to His spiritual idea, man.
Betty Jean O’Neal
Lynn, Massachusetts, US
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