Humility halts food poisoning
The Sentinel has a special place in my heart because it is the means through which Christian Science came to my family. Soon after the Sentinel was established by Mary Baker Eddy in 1898, my mother’s great aunt was quickly healed of a severe case of dropsy by reading articles in an issue of the magazine.
My mother studied and practiced Christian Science throughout her life and was a shining example for me. I feel deeply indebted to her for modeling a steadfast devotion to attending Christian Science church services, taking me to Sunday School, reading each week’s Bible Lesson found in the Christian Science Quarterly, and most important, turning to God in prayer for every need. I’ve embraced this same strong foundation, which has supported me throughout my life, and I’ve had countless healings.
I will share one healing that has become a touchstone for me whenever fear seems particularly aggressive. Isaiah 59:19 says, “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” For me the standard or rule that God lifts up against the enemy of fear is clearly expressed in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mrs. Eddy: “The Christlike understanding of scientific being and divine healing includes a perfect Principle and idea,—perfect God and perfect man,—as the basis of thought and demonstration” (p. 259).
An opportunity to apply this truth practically came when I was visiting another country. I began to feel weak and nauseated from what I suspected was food poisoning. Turning to God, I affirmed my spiritual nature as His idea, always reflecting perfect health and wholeness. In the tour bus, among the other passengers, I prayed silently for many hours. Loved verses that I had memorized from the Bible, the writings of Mrs. Eddy, and the Christian Science Hymnal came to me, and I pondered each word. Particularly helpful was this: “When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought” (Science and Health, p. 495). This reminded me that I could not be tempted to believe that anything unlike God is real.
When we finally reached our hotel, I tried to read the Bible and Science and Health, but felt even worse. Our group was having a farewell party that evening on the rooftop of our hotel, and I was expected to attend. At that point, I was on my knees reaching out to God. I’ve learned that listening is an essential element of prayer. The humility to mentally turn away from a problem and expect to receive divine inspiration opens thought to divine Love’s tender care.
At this moment of extreme discomfort and weakness, I asked God what more I needed to know. Immediately I received the clear thought that I should go upstairs to the party. I resisted, thinking that I couldn’t even sit up, let alone climb stairs. But I sensed that this was a command I needed to obey. I reasoned that if God had called on me to do this, He would give me the ability. So I got dressed and headed up the stairs very slowly. About midway, all the discomfort dropped away like a cloak slipping off my shoulders. As I reached the top of the stairs, not a vestige of the problem remained. There was no recovery period; it was just over. I joined the party with joy and awe at this instantaneous healing. It took place more than ten years ago, and there has never been a recurrence.
My take-away from this experience was that two qualities are essential in healing: humility and obedience. I had the humility to ask God to direct my prayers, and then I listened expectantly. And when the direction came, I obeyed. What a precious lesson this was for me! I’ll be forever grateful to Christ Jesus for his pure example of God’s love, and to Mrs. Eddy for discovering and giving to all mankind Christian Science, the healing truth that Jesus practiced.
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