As I was stepping down from my backdoor to the back steps, I twisted my ankle and was in a lot of pain. Because I have had so many healings in Christian Science, I immediately turned to God in prayer and listened to know how to handle this situation.
I was able to get inside, and the first idea that came was to open Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy to page 397, which deals with accidents. As I read, these words stood out: “When an accident happens, you think or exclaim, ‘I am hurt!’ Your thought is more powerful than your words, more powerful than the accident itself, to make the injury real.
“Now reverse the process. Declare that you are not hurt and understand the reason why, and you will find the ensuing good effects to be in exact proportion to your disbelief in physics, and your fidelity to divine metaphysics, confidence in God as All, which the Scriptures declare Him to be.”
This inspired me not to focus on the accident and instead to insist on the allness of God. I reasoned that God is Life, and I began to think of the movement and activity of Life, which includes all action, vitality, liveliness, strength, and energy. I also knew that God sees all His children as active and well, and never as suffering or unable to move freely.
After these few moments of prayer, I tried to stay with those healing truths, but it was difficult because of the pain. I continued to turn away from focusing on the injury, claiming instead my perfect, God-given spiritual identity and abilities, which I knew had never been touched by injury or accident.
Even though it was hard for me to walk normally, my husband and I decided to stick to our original plans and go out to a restaurant that evening. During our time out of the house, I was thinking about the inspiration that had come to me and continuing to pray. We had a nice dinner.
Once we returned home, however, I found I could put very little weight on my foot. My husband helped me into the house to lie down. This time, another passage about accidents from Science and Health stood out to me: “Accidents are unknown to God, or immortal Mind, and we must leave the mortal basis of belief and unite with the one Mind, in order to change the notion of chance to the proper sense of God’s unerring direction and thus bring out harmony” (p. 424).
I knew that it was important to look away from the false evidence of injury, the mistaken belief that there is a power other than God, and truly see myself as God sees me—as His spiritual reflection, which is always perfect, never touched by pain or mishap. Although the ankle was swollen and painful, in reality, which is completely spiritual, no accident had ever occurred. Nothing had ever touched me because I am made in God’s image and likeness. I live in God’s kingdom and God is the only power.
Later, I felt peaceful and went to sleep. In the night, I was able to get up by myself and put some weight on my foot. I remember feeling so grateful for that progress!
The next morning I found I could walk normally. My ankle was not swollen or painful, and I put on some tennis shoes and took a walk. It was as if the incident on the steps had never happened—and in reality it never had. I have great gratitude for this wonderful healing.
Newberry, Florida, US