Centuries ago in Jerusalem the question (John 5:6), "Wilt thou be made whole?" was asked of an impotent man who had lain for a very long time by the pool of Bethesda, waiting to be healed by the troubling of the water. This question, "Wilt thou be made whole?" is no less apropos and thought-provoking today than when it was asked by the master Metaphysician, Christ Jesus; and every individual who finds himself waiting to be freed from some material bondage would do well to ascertain just how willing he is to be healed. No doubt this question taken literally seems absurd; but let us search our thought carefully before we consider it so.

First, let us read what Mary Baker Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (pp. 323, 324): "Willingness to become as a little child and to leave the old for the new, renders thought receptive of the advanced idea. Gladness to leave the false landmarks and joy to see them disappear,—this disposition helps to precipitate the ultimate harmony." Then let us ask ourselves some pertinent questions. To what extent do these qualities predominate in our consciousness? Are we truly willing to become as a little child? Are we willing gladly to exchange the belief in a diseased, sinful, discontented mortal for the perfect man, created in God's own image and likeness? If so, we no longer inquire about or examine the body for signs of improvement or healing. Are we truly willing to stop our reliance on material means and methods for healing? Are we willing to forsake without one mental reservation all materia medica, all faith in foreign methods of healing, and turn wholeheartedly to divine Mind for healing? "If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land," is the promise we read in Isaiah (1:19).

When one stops to consider that God is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient, it is clearly discernible that no other power, presence, or law exists in God's universe, and there is no other universe; therefore one can go no higher for help than when he turns to God. No so-called power can compete with infinite all-power.

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