Injured foot quickly healed
While visiting family at Christmas several years ago, I enjoyed many walks on the beach. These walks were about eight miles in length. One afternoon, when I had walked about three miles, I stepped forward and felt a very sharp pain in my heel. It was not unusual to step on a sharp shell and feel a momentary sting, but this was different. I stopped and looked at my foot, and the picture was alarming. My heel was bleeding profusely.
In quick succession, a chorus of fearful thoughts bombarded me. Should I end my walk early and turn toward home? Should I hobble to the public facility nearby and ask someone for help bandaging my foot? I didn’t have my cellphone, so I couldn’t call a Christian Science practitioner or contact my family to come and pick me up. I became more and more concerned as a range of anxious thoughts streamed into my consciousness, and as the pain and bleeding continued.
Then, in the midst of these fearful thoughts, I almost laughed out loud, remembering that that week’s Bible Lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly included this message to Moses: “The place whereon thou standest is holy ground” (Exodus 3:5 ). Why, I thought, that is true right now, right where I am standing! I am on “holy ground” because I can never step outside of the kingdom of heaven or be out of the arms of God, divine Love.
Part of my Christian Science students’ association assignment that year was to understand and affirm the truth that God and Christian Science are “a very present help” (Psalms 46:1 ) yesterday, today, and forever. So, I turned to the best support I knew, reaching out in prayer to God. I have relied on God from the time I was a young child in the Christian Science Sunday School.
I stopped listening to the fear and doubt and instead began to realize the fact of God’s ever-presence as the divine power and law in this situation. I realized that I had all the assistance, care, and wholeness I needed right in that moment. God’s care is infinite, and wouldn’t be more real in a half mile or even in another step than it was at that moment. Nothing had touched God’s spiritual child, His idea. And it was my divine right to claim my heritage as God’s creation or idea.
Over the years, in my study of the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, I have found this passage particularly helpful: “The great truth in the Science of being, that the real man was, is, and ever shall be perfect, is incontrovertible; for if man is the image, reflection, of God, he is neither inverted nor subverted, but upright and Godlike” (p. 200 ).
It was natural for me, as my thought was calmed, to realize that there wasn’t anything harmful in the kingdom of heaven—right where I was in that moment. Right at that moment, I was God’s perfect expression.
Asserting my divine dominion as resting on God’s invariable law of harmony, I mentally “put my foot down” on this suggestion of pain, accident, injury, and interference (because I love to walk!) and turned around to continue the remaining five miles of my walk. I just knew that this was a beautiful opportunity to bear witness to the law of divine Love in action.
I had been cherishing divine Love’s power and ability to meet all of my needs, and this was just another opportunity to feel God’s love—nothing more and nothing less. I enjoyed the remainder of my walk, and shortly after I returned home, there was no more pain or bleeding. I continued to enjoy these daily long walks for the remainder of my visit.
What a privilege we have to put into practice what we know of Love’s, God’s, ever-presence—to glorify God’s all power!
Deborah Thompson McNeil
Novato, California, US