"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil,...

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." I had an interesting encounter with this "roaring lion" about three years ago: it approached me wearing the disguise of headache. I wondered why this same problem, headache, was appearing again, as it had been relieved many times before through Christian Science treatment. I wondered why it kept returning. My question was answered by Mrs. Eddy's statement (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 240), "If mortals are not progressive, past failures will be repeated until all wrong work is effaced or rectified." I saw that there must still be some lesson which I had not grasped. As I reviewed other similar attacks, I remembered that the first thing I had always done was to search my thinking for some unkind thought or word I had expressed, always working from the standpoint that the disturbing headache had come to me as a penalty or punishment for wrongdoing.

On this last occasion, I could find no reason for penalty, as I had been experiencing great peace and joy. There had been no disturbing thoughts that I could remember, so I knew the cause must be something more subtle than I had before discovered. Suddenly I realized that the reason this "lion" so often wore the disguise of headache was that it was the disguise which I most feared, or the disguise which seemed most real to me. A headache always seemed to appear when I was among a circle of friends who were not studying Christian Science. It therefore seemed to me that this error was tempting me to fail as a witness to the power of Christian Science to heal every sense of pain and discord. As I strove to reason along this line, knowing that a headache was not good, hence was not of God, and that if I understood that God was the only power, headache could have no power to rob me of my peace and joy, or my desire to be a true witness of God, good, the headache suddenly vanished completely, and I was perfectly free to carry out my plans for the day.

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