Walking freely after foot injury

Three days before I was scheduled to go on a two-week walking tour of Italy, I fell down some stairs and injured my foot. The pain was intense, and a bone appeared to be out of place. I thought I might have broken the foot. I couldn’t put any weight on it, so I wondered how I could carry on with my plans to take the tour. 

Then a familiar Bible passage came to thought: “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee” (Isaiah 43:2). This was a reminder that all disharmony, including this injury, is a false belief, not the truth, and that we have God-given dominion over beliefs of limitation. 

Sitting at the foot of the stairs, I stopped thinking “I can’t walk” and began affirming that my true being was intact in divine Spirit, God. As soon as I felt assured that God was present and governing the situation according to His divine law of harmony, I stood up, holding on to the wall for support. When I put weight on the foot, I felt something in it move, and the pain lessened. 

Christian Science explains that God is the one and only Mind, and that only what this Mind knows is reality. Each of us is Mind’s idea, so we are always at one with our creator. I reasoned that, as God’s idea, I could not be in a separate experience where God is not in control. I understood that God, good, is the only cause and that the effect of this cause must be good. I was not asking God to heal a broken foot, but rather praying to know that God’s power, presence, and goodness fill all space. This knowing of my unity with God gave me strength to understand that, in reality, I was unfallen, and my foot was actually unharmed.

In her book Unity of Good, the Discoverer of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, writes, “What you see, hear, feel, is a mode of consciousness, and can have no other reality than the sense you entertain of it” (p. 8). The belief in the reality of an accident is just such a mode of consciousness, and Christ, Truth, dispels the lie of injury. 

That night when I was sleeping, I heard a snap that woke me up, and I felt that an adjustment had taken place in my foot. The next morning it was still swollen and discolored, but I was free enough to walk slowly without pain. 

One day later I flew to Italy wearing my daughter’s shoe, which was a size larger than mine. I was able to keep up with the tour, walking for hours each day and into the night. For the first couple of days there was swelling in the foot at night, and it was a challenge going up and down stairs, but I refuted that report of the physical senses as not having any substance or credibility in God’s universe.

After the fourth day, my foot looked and felt normal, and for the remaining ten days of the tour and ever since, I have had complete freedom. 

Nancy Schauman Smith
Harvard, Massachusetts, US

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