In my previous employment, I oversaw the distribution and handling of industrial chemicals in various production facilities and instructed individuals in the plants how to use the chemicals correctly. Normally they were delivered in large containers by semi trucks, then distributed through automated systems, so I would never need to handle the chemicals. But one day, a small company needed the chemicals blended by hand from smaller five-gallon containers. With caution, I proceeded as was necessary to perform the task, but one of the containers slipped from my grasp and dropped to the floor, and the contents splashed on my face and arms.
Aware of the many warnings about such happenings and how to respond, I went to the small sink in the boiler room and splashed water on my face and arms.
I also immediately affirmed to myself that as God’s pure and perfect idea, I could never be threatened or harmed or fearful of impending danger. The Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, tells us: “The admission to one’s self that man is God’s own likeness sets man free to master the infinite idea” (p. 90). That was exactly what I was doing—admitting my own spiritual selfhood in God, not subject to claims of matter, but governed by the infinite power of divine Love.
As a perfectly upheld spiritual image of God, good, I knew I was just as safe and as pure and perfect as God had always known me to be. No accident could touch the perfection of God’s creation, which I knew myself to be. Also, I could know or experience only what God knows, and God could not know or condone danger or a mishap. I felt so clearly that no accident had any power to stand in the presence of infinite Love, God. A statement from Science and Health came very strongly to my thought: “No power can withstand divine Love” (p. 224).
With a wonderful assurance of peace, I proceeded to finish the treatment of the equipment that I’d started, including all necessary paperwork pertaining to the equipment status. After completing the work, I got in my car and drove away, but very soon I felt an intense burning sensation on my legs. Glancing down, I realized the chemical had splashed on my legs, too, which I had not realized earlier, and it had soaked through my slacks.
For a brief moment, fear threatened to take over my peace and undermine the confidence I’d felt that all was well. But quickly I exclaimed, adamantly and out loud, “No! No, I will not be tricked into accepting the lie, which I have already denied and dismissed with the truth of my being.”
The accident or harm had no place in my consciousness. Instantly I saw with perfect clarity the nothingness of the lie and the absolute allness and presence of Truth and nothing else. At that moment, with this clear and deep realization, I actually laughed out loud!
I laughed with joy for the recognition of Truth’s all-presence and evil’s non-presence, or nothingness. I laughed with gratitude for my spiritual being and oneness with God as understood through Christian Science.
With that, all burning sensation completely disappeared. I drove the sixty miles home absolutely buoyant with joy and gratitude for perceiving the infinite, all-governing presence of God. The healing was complete and has remained so. This was such clear proof that we are safely grounded on our spiritual foundation, God, divine Truth, in every activity or event.
A poem by Mrs. Eddy speaks to me so clearly concerning the reliability of our spiritual foundation:
Thus Truth engrounds me on the rock,
Upon Life’s shore,
’Gainst which the winds and waves can
(Poems, p. 12)
By moving forward securely on our spiritual foundation, our rock of Truth, we know that no angry threat, no “winds and waves” from any source, can touch our being, which is created and upheld by God.
Creston, Ohio, US
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