Spiritual growth brings freedom from eczema

There’s a saying that the devil’s favorite tool is discouragement. I learned the importance of resisting the temptation to become discouraged many years ago, when I was dealing with a skin disorder. I struggled with pain and itching on and off for a long time—and often, to my embarrassment, I needed to wear bandages. During a physical exam required for employment, the condition was diagnosed as eczema. The doctor who examined me said, “You will always have this problem.” 

I had been raised in Christian Science, and the members of our family had experienced many quick healings of illness through prayer; also, I had read testimonies in the Christian Science periodicals by others who had been healed of eczema. This gave me confidence that I could be healed, too. 

The Discoverer of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, writes on page 261 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts.” I believed that, but when the condition didn’t yield despite my diligent prayer, I grew discouraged and sad.

Eventually, I visited a Christian Science practitioner whose public lectures on Christian Science had been particularly meaningful to me. Weeping in frustration, I asked, “If Christian Science is the truth, why haven’t I been healed yet?” I was hoping he would offer some metaphysical truth so powerfully enlightening that I would walk away with clear skin that day.

After remarking that it would be great if all healings came quickly, the practitioner gently reminded me that a clearer understanding of our Father-Mother God and Her spiritual creation would be a productive goal. He pointed out that I could see this difficulty as an opportunity to grow in understanding and living aspects of my true identity as God’s reflection such as patience, confidence, perseverance, and courage—qualities I might not otherwise have explored as deeply. It occurred to me that such growth would truly be a gift, undoubtedly blessing me in countless ways, including better health. The practitioner also talked about the importance of trusting in God’s grace and goodness, and in Her love for me. 

I began to see that spiritual progress wasn’t about my grasping enough spiritual truths and then my body morphing from discordant to harmonious. Instead, step by step, I could identify, claim, and demonstrate my pure, spiritual wholeness, and this growing understanding would have a tangible effect in the healing of my body. The timing was less important to me than it had previously felt. This work was a life mission that appealed to me, and I resolved to start with each of the qualities the practitioner mentioned. I left his office with a more enlightened approach for my prayer, and I felt encouraged and satisfied. 

I have been deeply blessed by the inspired life walk I began that day. The skin disorder, including the pain and itching, slowly but ultimately disappeared from my thought and body. This experience left me with nothing but gratitude for the healing and for each step of spiritual growth taken and each lesson learned along my path. 

Nancy L. Martin
Sequim, Washington, US

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