“Only through radical reliance on Truth can scientific healing power be realized,” Mary Baker Eddy writes on page 167 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. She also states on page 261, “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.”
Some years ago, I was called upon to prove the truth of those statements. One afternoon, as I was driving home, I approached a school bus in the oncoming lane that was signaling to stop to let children off. As I was applying my brakes, the driver of the car behind me crashed into the rear of my car with such force that my car was pushed into the front of the school bus, bounced backward, and then landed on the opposite side of the road. Thankfully, no one was injured on the school bus, but I was knocked unconscious and seriously injured.
Because there were many cars along the route, a lot of people had witnessed the accident and stopped to help. Among them was a medical nurse, who came immediately to my side to offer aid. As I regained consciousness, I realized she was making arrangements for me to be taken by ambulance to the nearest hospital. Although I wasn’t totally coherent, I strongly voiced that I wished to rely on God for healing and did not want to be transported to the hospital. I also expressed concern about my two younger children, who would soon be arriving home from grade school and would have no way to get into our locked house without my being there. Since this occurred before cellphones were widely used, there wasn’t a way to contact my husband, who was on the road and not due home for an hour or so.
The nurse tried to comfort me and said my injuries were very serious and that I definitely needed hospitalization. As I pleaded that I just wanted to go home, she said that if I could sit up by myself, she would drive me home. After trying to get into an upright position without success, I was carefully loaded onto a stretcher and placed in the ambulance. The kind nurse took my address and assured me she would go directly to my home and would be there for my children until my husband arrived home.
Shortly after she reached our house, my husband did arrive there, and she then told him that if he wanted to see me alive, he needed to hurry to the hospital, as she didn’t feel I had long to live. With that information, and before leaving for the hospital, he called a Christian Science practitioner to pray for me.
Upon my arrival at the hospital, I kept repeating insistently that because I wanted to rely on Christian Science alone for healing, I didn’t want medical care and wished to be released to go home. Even though I wasn’t entirely coherent, I knew our heavenly Father was in control and taking care of me. In the meantime, the doctor and nurses cleaned the wounds and made me as comfortable as possible.
Then, shortly after my husband arrived at the hospital, the doctor in charge finally agreed to release me if I could walk unattended out of the emergency room. With care the doctor gently lifted me off the table and put me in a standing position. From there, knowing God was holding me up, I did walk out of the room, without assistance, to my waiting children and husband, who then helped me to his car and drove me home.
I had learned that God is omnipotent, so no law of materiality can supersede God’s power over us.
The Christian Science practitioner who had been called to pray for me came to our home and shared many precious truths about God and man, one of which was from Deuteronomy: “The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by him; and the Lord shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders” ( 33:12). I clung to this blessed promise. I was not afraid and knew that by my complete trust in and reliance on our omnipotent Maker, I would experience my freedom from this scenario.
I had grown up attending the Christian Science Sunday School and had learned that the first chapter of the Bible is the true version of how our heavenly Father-Mother created us. It states, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” ( Genesis 1:27). To me this meant that since God is Spirit, we, as His image and likeness, are completely spiritual, even though it seems otherwise to the material senses. I had also learned that God is omnipotent, the one and only power, so no law of materiality can supersede God’s power over us. I knew that these truths I’d been trusting in since childhood were all I needed now for my release.
The practitioner suggested that it would be helpful if I were taken to a Christian Science nursing facility for care. I agreed, and arrangements were made for my admittance. Upon my arrival, I felt a deep peace and was lovingly cared for by the Christian Science nurses. I found the atmosphere so incredibly uplifting that my heart soared, and I felt completely embraced by God’s ever-present love. I spent the entire time I was there engrossed in studying the Bible, Science and Health, and other Christian Science literature. Many inspiring citations from these books comforted me and guided my thought. One from the Bible that I held to steadfastly was, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee” ( Isaiah 26:3).
Although it was apparent that my nose had been broken and there was a deep head wound, I felt no fear and refused to look in the mirror to examine the injuries.
Just one week after the incident, I was able to leave the Christian Science nursing facility, walking on my own, without any help. Although at this point I was not able to lift my arms above my head, I was progressing, and each day brought more freedom.
My thought was so uplifted after spending those days at the Christian Science nursing facility, that after my arrival home I found it difficult even to have the TV on. I was basking in the clear sense of God’s presence and felt so in tune with divine reality. After a couple of weeks at home, I experienced complete freedom with no evidence of injury.
A short while later, I was required to undergo a medical examination, including X-rays, in order for the insurance to be issued to take care of the expenses incurred. The X-rays showed that although my back had been broken in two places and the sternum bone in my chest crushed, everything had been completely healed. Also, the facial injuries, including the broken nose and wound in the forehead, had been healed.
I am so very grateful that I was released from having to submit to medical examination at the start of this experience. Not having to stay in an atmosphere of material opinions, evaluations, and predictions freed me to apply only the truths learned through the study of Christian Science.
Some time later, I was called to testify at a hearing for the driver whose car had struck mine. Before entering the courtroom, I met the medical nurse who had attended me at the scene of the accident and who had also been called to testify as a witness. She was delighted to see me and expressed her joy that I had survived. She was amazed to see how free from injury I was!
My steadfast reliance on God as my Maker—my Father, my Mother, my All—never wavered during this entire experience. The Spiritward growth that I gained could not be measured. My gratitude to God is so very great for sending us our dear Master, Christ Jesus, to show us how to heal, and for providing us with Mrs. Eddy and her discovery of this precious Science of Christianity. I’m also very grateful for the prayerful help I was given by the dedicated practitioner who stayed close at hand through all this.
Truly, as Mrs. Eddy states, “through radical reliance on Truth,” scientific healing power is realized.
Donna Matteson and her husband Jerry live in Portland, Oregon.
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