Quick recovery from injured ribs
I learned a lesson about obedience to divine Truth when I injured my ribs in a mountain biking accident. I was in a lot of pain, and my brother told me that my symptoms were similar to ones he’d had after an accident. When he said it took him over a month to recover, my heart sank.
Turning to God for inspiration and help, as I always do when confronted with problems, I prayed with this passage in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy: “Accidents are unknown to God, or immortal Mind, and we must leave the mortal basis of belief and unite with the one Mind, in order to change the notion of chance to the proper sense of God’s unerring direction and thus bring out harmony” (p. 424 ).
I tried to draw closer to God, Mind, but I felt mentally stuck and was still in a lot of pain. So I called a Christian Science practitioner for help. She recommended that I pray with the same passage I had already been studying.
At first, I was a little disappointed. I’d been hoping she would give me a new, fresh approach. I felt a little like the Bible’s Simon Peter, who was discouraged after he and his friends had been fishing all night and hadn’t caught anything. When Jesus told him to let down his nets again for a catch, Simon initially balked at the idea. But something made him change his mind. He said to Jesus, “If you say so, I will let down the nets” (Luke 5:5, New Revised Standard Version). The result: They caught so many fish the nets began to break.
What happened? Even though not yet a disciple of Jesus, Simon was apparently responsive to the Christ, Truth, expressed by Jesus, to the point where he had been willing to set aside his own experience and opinions. And this obedience brought instant progress.
I decided to trust the Christly inspiration the practitioner had shared with me and again turned to that sentence in Science and Health. This time, when I read the words “leave the mortal basis of belief and unite with the one Mind,” something changed. I felt joyful, like a little child, and I realized I wanted to leave behind the dark, material thoughts that insisted I was broken and needed a certain amount of time to heal. I saw that I had a choice—I didn’t have to accept the material prognosis of a long recovery, but could instead listen to God for His spiritual perspective.
The Bible says that God, Spirit, created man in His own image (see Genesis 1:27 ). I reasoned that being the reflection of Spirit means that each one of us is spiritual and expresses the Godlike qualities of wholeness, perfection, and freedom every moment. What God creates cannot be lost or damaged, because what He creates is forever, and is therefore permanently perfect.
I gratefully acknowledged that this truth applied to me as God’s child. God made me free and whole, and nothing could change that spiritual fact. I let go of the prognosis that said getting better had to take a certain length of time and accepted my God-given freedom. Immediately I felt peaceful, and the pain vanished. I was completely healed, and the pain never returned.
When we stop clinging to our own ideas about how to move forward, and let God point the way, we receive the guidance we need. Each moment is an opportunity to experience God’s tender, healing love and care.
Portland, Oregon, US