Desire to know God leads to knee healing
Having worked in the field of public education as a teacher, and later as a school principal, I appreciate the importance of learning. This means that I’ve welcomed reading the Gospels to learn how Christ Jesus taught his disciples.
There is an account in the book of Mark (see 9:14–29) about a man appealing to Jesus’ disciples to heal his son, who was suffering with a “dumb spirit,” or what today might be termed epilepsy. The disciples could not heal the boy. The man then approached Jesus and implored him to help. Unimpressed by and unafraid of the circumstances, Jesus “rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.” The spirit came out of him, leaving him “as one dead,” but Jesus “took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.”
The disciples witnessed what Jesus did. With a deep desire to learn from him, they asked why they hadn’t been able to heal the boy. Jesus answered, “This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.” To me, this means that sometimes we need a willingness to set aside, or “fast” from, our fears and assumptions about why something doesn’t appear to be healed. It’s our eagerness to learn the truth about God and ourselves as God’s loved children, spiritual and whole, that moves us forward and opens the door to healing.
That’s what happened to me when I had a very sore and stiff knee. This discomfort seemed to come out of nowhere. I prayed to know that my true identity was never material, but spiritual, and that God was my Father-Mother, my divine Parent. With childlike trust, I reached out in prayer to feel the comfort of God’s love. Still, there was no change or relief for several days.
Then one day I decided to walk to the local Christian Science Reading Room. As I sat very quietly and opened my thought with a deep and humble desire to know God better, the first few words of a poem, “ ‘Feed My Sheep’ ” by Mary Baker Eddy (Poems, p. 14), came to mind. I heard these gentle words, “Shepherd, show me how to go,” which meant to me, “Show me how to think, how to pray, how to hear Your voice.” I simply yearned to catch a precious glimpse of what God knew about me as His innocent and worthy creation.
Soon, I felt a sensation in my knee, and the stiffness and soreness disappeared. I sat in my chair for a little longer simply expressing a heartfelt, “Thank you, God.” I left the Reading Room that day with a beaming grin, “walking, and leaping, and praising God” (Acts 3:8).
Even though the disciples might have felt discouraged at times, they persisted. We, too, can persist in learning to heal through Christian Science, and be successful.
Wylie, Texas, US