Quick healing after a fall
Several years ago, I took my students on a walking field trip with another teacher and her class. As I was leading the group down the stairs to a subway tunnel, I slipped on a pile of wet leaves near the bottom. When I felt myself falling backward, I immediately reached out in thought to God, and these words of St. Paul came to mind: “In him [God] we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28).
At that moment, which seemed to be happening in slow motion, I did indeed feel that I was entirely surrounded by God, and when I landed, it was as if a pillow were beneath me. Paul’s statement kept me calm as several students rushed to my side. They had seen me hit my head on the steps and were concerned about me, but I assured them I was fine. I got up and brushed myself off so we could continue on our way. I was grateful that the other teacher and the parents took over leading the group.
However, as I continued walking, the fear expressed by others about the mishap began to creep into my thought—and along with it, pain. “What if I have a concussion?” I wondered.
In my study of Christian Science, I’ve learned that the body expresses the beliefs we hold about it, and that gaining a spiritual perspective based on the understanding of God as the only cause, and as good alone, can heal the harmful effects of any situation. I recognized that the fear of concussion was based on a common belief in dire effects from falling and hitting your head. But this is not a law established by God, so I knew I could reject it and instead affirm the spiritual fact that my well-being depended on God, not on a physical condition.
I turned my attention to the truth of God’s precise, continuous government of all creation, reasoning that as God’s spiritual idea, I was the expression of harmonious action, right then and always. I affirmed that I could reflect only the qualities of divine Spirit, such as perfection, wholeness, and indestructibility. The Bible verse about living and moving and having our being in God was my focus as I kept my thinking aligned with what God knows about me.
In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy points out that fear is at the root of many physical problems. “When fear disappears, the foundation of disease is gone,” she explains (p. 368). And so it proved for me. A short time later, as we walked back to the school, I was feeling free of fear, and the pain was nearly gone.
By the time we arrived, my principal had heard about the incident and was concerned that I might experience delayed aftereffects from the fall. He wanted to send me to the emergency room, but I declined, assuring him that I was fine.
When I arrived home, I devoted the rest of the day to praying and studying the weekly Bible Lesson found in the Christian Science Quarterly. I don’t recall that week’s subject, but after reading the passages included from the Bible and Science and Health, I felt entirely free of pain, and I remained free in the following days.
I am so grateful for this healing, and for a lifetime of healings in Christian Science. I cherish the time I spend in study of the Bible, the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, and articles in the Christian Science periodicals, as I continue to gain a clearer understanding of God, and of each one of us (myself included) as His reflection.
Carol Howard Maddock
Salinas, California, US