Proving the power of God during a pandemic
Feeling God’s care brings a harmonizing effect to our bodies that heals and prevents disease.
The coronavirus is still a serious issue today. For many, vaccines offer the hope of freedom from the problem. Still, for even greater freedom there’s another response that’s important to consider—discovering more of God’s power to protect and heal.
Awareness of God as divine Spirit strengthens mind and body, as suggested by Isaiah: “The Lord is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness. And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation” (Isaiah 33:5, 6). This promise, though, implies doing more than just blindly trusting that God will take care of us. It calls for a deeper knowledge of the empowering strength of God. This is something Jesus fully understood.
In the Christian Science textbook, Mary Baker Eddy speaks of Jesus’ prayers as “deep and conscientious protests of Truth,—of man’s likeness to God and of man’s unity with Truth and Love” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 12). “Deep and conscientious protests of Truth” lead us to find out more of what God, Truth, is and does. The Bible suggests that our true nature is spiritual and that we are made to express God. Consequently, the desire to know God and yield to His loving care is natural to us. Feeling this care from God brings a harmonizing effect to our bodies that heals and prevents disease.
To experience the divine healing power, we need a humble willingness to consider God’s all-good nature, and our own as His spiritual offspring.
God is not far off, but rather the one constant, caring presence, the real basis and substance of life. God is entirely good and sustaining, so God’s will for us must include health, strength, and safety. To experience the divine healing power, we need a humble willingness to consider God’s all-good nature, and our own as His spiritual offspring. We also need a desire to prove this goodness as a spiritual fact that we can rely on.
Each week for over 120 years, this magazine has published verified healings, including of contagious diseases, through prayer in Christian Science. I had one of these experiences when I was a young man. I had visited a friend who was sick with something diagnosed as contagious, and a few days later I had symptoms of the same illness. I called a church friend to pray with me, and we talked about God’s nature and power. What I most remember about our conversation is that we shared a deep desire to prove the truths we were discussing. This is what animated me. I wanted to discover more of God and live what I was learning.
Within minutes all the symptoms were gone. They returned slightly a couple of days later, but I again visited in prayer this idea of exalting God. The symptoms soon left and never returned.
Today I am even more animated by that desire to see the divine power expressed in practical ways.
When the pandemic hit, my family and I, like so many around the world, were in a form of lockdown. But while complying with the government regulations, I wanted to prove the power of God to heal and bless humanity.
As serious as are COVID-19 and other difficulties we could list, there’s a more essential problem that’s rarely discussed. It’s the world’s assumption that the building blocks of the universe and the essence of our lives are material. Along with this is the common belief that there are material laws, such as heredity and contagion, that can dictate our experience.
When we agree with this conclusion of the physical senses, it appears to make God, divine Love, Spirit, irrelevant. Our lives would then be run by fear and would ultimate in a kind of dark hole filled with limits and pain. That means more than disease, aging, and disorder. It’s also a lack of inspiration, purpose, freedom, and joy. But we can prove the power of the divine Spirit by seeing our lives governed by God, and bear witness to the qualities of God, such as goodness and grace, freedom and intelligence.
I’ve been particularly moved in the past several months to go ahead with a more normal life based on an understanding of what God is and does. At the same time, I am respectful of requirements to socially distance and to wear masks. If vaccination is mandated, I’ll do it. But I aspire to prove that a spiritual, prayer-based effort offers the surest protection because it addresses the essential problem: the belief that matter and material laws rule our lives. Each proof that life is governed by Spirit, not human beliefs about contagion, is a step toward finding the way out of the limits and destructive nature of the belief of life in matter.
One night last spring, when some strange symptoms, including fever, appeared, I took to prayer. I felt a hint of fear, but this was quickly overcome by the recognition that what I was doing was so much more than just trying to be safe and healthy. I was aligning myself with and honoring God. There was divine authority backing me up. This was very different from simply doing nothing. I was thoughtfully choosing what I’ve found to be the most effective basis for health care and to provide the greatest benefit for others. I knew there was no stronger or safer stand to take than siding with the reality and power of divine Spirit. In the morning, all symptoms had disappeared and did not return.
God, good, is infinite, and that leaves no room for pandemics in His kingdom. Actively looking to prove this will give us dominion over contagion as well as bring about a whole lot of other good for ourselves and for everyone else.