Good enough to be true!
As we get to know our all-loving and all-powerful God, we discover that no good is too good to be true.
A couple of years ago I told a friend at church about two healings experienced by members of my extended family. First, through prayer, a family pet was quickly healed of an inability to walk. A few weeks later, its owner was healed of injuries following a severe blow to his head. Although not a Christian Scientist, he welcomed our prayers. After a trip to the emergency room and tests, he was sent home because they couldn’t find anything wrong; he was healed and experienced no aftereffects.
As I related these experiences to my friend, I admitted that as I prayed the second time, I was hopeful, but also wondered if another quick healing was too much to expect and would be too good to be true. My friend, a seasoned Christian Scientist, lovingly replied, “In reality, another quick healing is good enough to be true.”
Her words made me stop and think. She was right. Why would I doubt the likelihood of healing, especially given the many healings I had already witnessed and experienced? The conversation helped me to reason from the point of view of an all-good and all-powerful God. As Christ Jesus said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God” (Luke 18:27).
Many people called Jesus’ healings miracles, but to him they were simply evidence of the truth of God being revealed. He had such a clear understanding of the infinite allness of God, Spirit, including our oneness with God as His spiritual reflection, that he knew that nothing unlike God could be real. Combining the meaning of his words “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30) with Genesis 1:27, “God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” makes it clear that we are all spiritual and one with God, so nothing unlike God can be a part of us or harm us.
Jesus’ understanding and firm conviction of these spiritual facts enabled him to walk on water without fear, calm storms at sea, and heal whoever came to him for help. He taught his followers to be fearless and faithful as well. For example, when Peter walked out onto the water toward Jesus but became afraid and started to sink, Jesus caught him and said, “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” (Matthew 14:31).
Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered the Science underlying Jesus’ teachings and works, offers key instruction: “Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious—as Life eternally is—can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not. Let Christian Science, instead of corporeal sense, support your understanding of being, and this understanding will supplant error with Truth, replace mortality with immortality, and silence discord with harmony” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 495). This helps us to not doubt the efficacy of prayer based on Christ’s teachings.
The Bible assures us that we can trust our loving, omnipotent, heavenly Father-Mother to bless us and to provide just what we need when we need it. Mrs. Eddy explains it this way: “When a hungry heart petitions the divine Father-Mother God for bread, it is not given a stone,—but more grace, obedience, and love. If this heart, humble and trustful, faithfully asks divine Love to feed it with the bread of heaven, health, holiness, it will be conformed to a fitness to receive the answer to its desire; . . .” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 127).
Our part is to turn to God trustingly, convinced of God’s willingness and ability to heal and bless. This trust comes through prayer, through study of the Scriptures and the writings of Mrs. Eddy, and through following and applying in our daily lives, to the best of our ability, what we have learned from this prayer and study.
Not long after telling my church friend about the two healings mentioned earlier, I had occasion to call upon the lessons learned from them. I was dog-sitting my daughter’s senior dog. When I took him outside, he got very excited about something and ran around energetically. I noticed that he then had difficulty walking. I carried him up the stairs and saw that one back leg seemed to be out of joint and the other too weak to support him. I laid him down, and he fell asleep.
As I prayed, I did not doubt that the dog would be healed. I focused wholeheartedly on his spiritual qualities (such as unfailing love, loyalty, and joy), which can never be adversely affected. I prayed to see the truth of his being—that as an expression of God, divine Love, he was spiritual, upright, whole, and free. I knew that nothing could stymie divine Love. When he awakened, the dog was able to use his hind legs as usual.
In our quest for spiritual growth and discipleship—following all of Jesus’ teachings—we learn multiple lessons in multiple ways. Through the faith and understanding that God constantly provides as we pray, we come to realize that healing in one form or another is always taking place because God’s purpose, based on His all-embracing love and wisdom, is always actively working.
Again, Science and Health counsels, “No hypothesis as to the existence of another power should interpose a doubt or fear to hinder the demonstration of Christian Science” (p. 445). Doubt and fear come from believing that there is another power besides God. But the Bible and the writings of Mrs. Eddy make it clear that there is not, and this has been proven through countless healings that have resulted from the study and practice of Christian Science.
As we get to know our all-knowing, all-loving, and all-powerful God, we discover the truth of our being, and blessings result. We have no reason to doubt or fear and every reason to be expectant of good, knowing that no good is too good to be true.