One year at camp, I dislocated my knee. I’d been shooting the soccer ball into the goal when a fellow cabinmate tried to block my shot. He missed the ball and cleated me right in the knee. Helplessly, I fell and watched the earth spin. When I tried to get up, I couldn’t.
In a flash, all my counselors and fellow campers were surrounding me and showering me with love. They carried me to the cabin where there was a Christian Science practitioner, who helped me pray for healing. While I was there, I read this passage from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “Always begin your treatment by allaying the fear of patients” (Mary Baker Eddy, p. 411).
I realized that I was holding on to the fear of not being healed. So the first step I needed to take was to let go of fear. The passage goes on to say: “Silently reassure them as to their exemption from disease and danger. Watch the result of this simple rule of Christian Science, and you will find that it alleviates the symptoms of every disease. If you succeed in wholly removing the fear, your patient is healed.”
Instead of being afraid, I realized I could trust God’s power, and His love for me, which eliminates fear. Where God’s presence is, there’s no room for fear.
Two days later, I was back with my camp group, freely participating in all the camp activities again. The shift in thought to trusting God removed the fear. When that happened, my knee was healed. From this experience I learned that when we successfully remove fear, spiritual healing takes place.