Not impressed by symptoms

Many years ago, I heard a Christian Science lecture in which the lecturer shared an experience he had had while taking a martial arts class. Each week his instructor would try different ways of flipping him, until it became difficult for the instructor to do so. One week the instructor tried all the techniques that had worked in the past, but to no avail. All of a sudden the instructor let out a horribly blood-curdling yell, freezing his student—and then of course the instructor was able to flip him very easily. The lecturer pointed out that this is how error, animal magnetism, tries to work: When we think we’ve got everything figured out, it tries a new trick that makes us freeze in our tracks. 

Recently, I had an experience that reminded me of the account mentioned above. One evening, I was studying the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy’s writings and then decided to watch a TV program for a break. As I was putting the books back in order and getting ready to watch TV, all of a sudden my ankle started itching. As I reached down to scratch it, I found a horrible-looking lump. 

The suddenness of the lump’s appearance, combined with how awful it looked, tried to overwhelm me with fear. However, just as quickly an angel message came: “This is not impressive!” The fear immediately subsided, but I did briefly contemplate whether I should get the books out again and spend some time handling this problem. 

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Freedom and healing
July 7, 2014

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