Before becoming an active Christian Scientist, despite having...

Before becoming an active Christian Scientist, despite having attended Sunday School, I had many wandering years. After I had medical surgery, my doctor explained that I would have to take medication for the rest of my life.

Later I awoke to God as divine Love, my Father-Mother, and it seemed natural to rely on Him as my Physician, and thus to be free of drugs. One day I dumped all my pills down the toilet. Then during the next week I found myself edgy and fearful, watching for the predicted effects of not taking the medication. As I prayed to understand more of God's omnipotent care, in an effort to find release from this fear, the thought came strongly "not defiance ... reliance!" I realized on the spot that I was harboring a smug, "I'll show them" attitude toward medical methods and opinions. This was not right. My fear vanished, and I did not find consequences, but rather healing, from my decision to rely on God for my health. I also gained an important love and respect for those who may choose to rely on or administer other means for healing, even though this is not my personal choice.

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