Innate honesty proved through prayer
Shortly after my kitchen was updated, I noticed some problems with the new countertops. I notified the contractors. They apologized and promised to rectify any mistakes. But several weeks went by with no further word, and when I got in touch with them again, I sensed a change in their tone. Finally, after several unsuccessful efforts to reason with them and much communication back and forth, they said they would come back and measure the countertops but would charge me substantially more than we had agreed on earlier.
At first, I felt disheartened that anyone would want to take advantage of another person. Then, as I prayed to be shown what I needed to know, I realized that the most important issue wasn’t money, but integrity and honesty. My duty was to refute this claim of dishonesty, because dishonesty is not of God, and to avow man’s true nature as the truthful expression of divine Principle, God. As I opened the Bible at random, my eyes fell on Isaiah 61:8: “I the Lord love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.”
These comforting words gave me confidence that divine wisdom would guide me in a way that would enable me to resolve this situation quickly. It also came to me to deny that evil could have any reality. Christian Science teaches that because God is good and is All, evil, the opposite of good, is nothing. Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science, writes in her Message to The Mother Church for 1901, “Evil is neither quality nor quantity: it is not intelligence, a person or a principle, a man or a woman, a place or a thing, and God never made it” (pp. 12–13). I could not have asked for a clearer reminder that evil is really a false belief about God and creation that someone can be a victim or a victimizer.
I thought about how Christ Jesus handled conflict, and I found this passage enlightening: “Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God’s own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, pp. 476–477).
I realized that these dear men, initially so kind and sincere, had not changed. They could not lose any of the qualities that were eternally theirs as God’s reflection. I refuted the notion that God’s children could believe that dishonesty could benefit them or that they could be deprived of any good by being honest. I also affirmed that the one Father, God, was governing us all harmoniously.
After praying this way, I decided to text the contractors one more time. I also prayed to know that my words could not be misunderstood. Soon, I received a response saying that they would be at my house on Saturday morning to complete the job. The work was indeed completed, and everything was corrected—at the original price. As the last guy was leaving, he said with the biggest, brightest smile, “God bless you!”
How grateful I am that the truth necessary to prove God’s love and care for us is available in the Bible and Mrs. Eddy’s writings. What a precious gift to the world!
Webster, Massachusetts, US