Courage, confidence, and conviction bring healing
Many years ago, I experienced chest pains in very stressful situations. During these times, I would call a Christian Science practitioner, whose metaphysical treatment helped ease the pain and fear.
I also looked up and prayed with relevant verses from the Bible, such as these: “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord” (Psalms 27:14 ) and “Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not” (Isaiah 35:4 ). Holding to the divine promise in these verses helped me see that God is governing every situation in my life in beneficial ways.
These prayer-based steps were particularly important when twice I experienced at my workplace what felt like symptoms of a heart attack. I was unable to call a practitioner during those times and didn’t want to alarm my colleagues, so I would quietly and firmly direct all of my attention to God’s healing truths. Both times, the symptoms disappeared, and I was able to continue with my work.
However, I yearned for a complete healing. I realized that I needed to pray more consistently and listen humbly for God’s guidance. I exercised God-given qualities of courage, confidence, and conviction in dealing with this health problem. In researching derivations of each of these words in dictionaries and online, I found that courage comes from the Latin word for heart and includes this definition: “strength in the face of pain. . . .” Confidence means to “have full trust” and “the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something” (Google). I could apply this to my situation by knowing that my confidence flowed from full reliance on God. Conviction originates from a Latin word meaning “to overcome decisively” and also means “the quality of showing that one is firmly convinced of what one believes or says” (etymonline.com). I then tried to live these qualities through the deeper understanding gained from this spiritual study.
Eventually I found a compelling spiritual concept that led to complete healing. In the chapter “The Apocalypse” in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy references the angel in the tenth chapter of the book of Revelation. She writes: “This angel had in his hand ‘a little book,’ open for all to read and understand. Did this same book contain the revelation of divine Science, the ‘right foot’ or dominant power of which was upon the sea,—upon elementary, latent error, the source of all error’s visible forms? The angel’s left foot was upon the earth; that is, a secondary power was exercised upon visible error and audible sin” (p. 559 ).
These spiritual insights convinced me that I had God-established dominion over pain and other disease symptoms—the “visible error.” Also, I prayerfully affirmed God’s authority over the underlying fear, medical health theories, and other mental factors—“elementary, latent error”—often associated with heart problems. These ideas enabled me to respond with great persistence when confronted with the chest pains. They strengthened me in facing down, through metaphysical prayer, all the conditions that had confronted me in the past.
Soon, the fear of heart attacks dropped away entirely, and I have been free of the symptoms for over two years. When I think of this experience, it is as if it never happened to me, and I know that in reality—the reality of God’s kingdom and of my true, spiritual identity—I have always been healthy and free.
I am very grateful for the teachings of Christian Science, which enable us to prayerfully heal any kind of problem.
Walnut Creek, California, US