God’s loving care
I am grateful for the testimonies in The Christian Science Journal and Sentinel and would like to share my gratitude for God’s loving care.
One summer day of 2018 began with a garden project. As I started my car to go pick up mulch, an indicator light showed that an oil change was needed, so I drove to a service station, where the busy manager said it would be a long wait. Because he was a longtime friend of mine, he offered me his pickup truck so I could get the mulch right away. I happily accepted and drove to the garden center to load the twenty bags of mulch—which an employee helped me with. I was grateful. The day was going well.
At home, I parked in the street and began to pull the bags into my wheelbarrow. But when I yanked on one heavy bag, it flew out and knocked the wheelbarrow sideways. I was standing between the handles of the wheelbarrow and somehow ended up being flipped straight up into the air.
While I was in midair, a Bible quote came strongly to thought: “For in him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28). Ideas from that week’s Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson titled “Life” followed as I hit the street headfirst.
Crumpling to the ground, I heard a cracking sound in my neck, but I wasn’t afraid. Filled with thoughts of God’s presence, I knew the truth that God, divine Life, was my life. I knew that what was happening was not part of that true, spiritual life.
I dug into my pocket for my cellphone to call a Christian Science practitioner for prayerful support. Her landline was busy, and her voicemail was not available. I firmly said aloud, “God, there is work to be done, and we need to be about it.”
I stood up, righted the wheelbarrow with the mulch bag in it, and headed around the house to the backyard. My joy in the good that was going on that morning had not been interfered with.
Then a pain began in my neck. Remembering a phrase from the Christian Science textbook, I said aloud, “Since ‘accidents are unknown to God . . .’ (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 424), nothing has happened; therefore, I cannot have a sore neck.” That was the end of any aftereffects.
A few minutes later, a teenager came out of the house across the street. He saw me unloading bags and offered to take them to the garden. This was further proof of God’s love and guidance, which were evidenced that day by my kind friend and this teenager. I was grateful for a truly joy-filled day.
I continue to be grateful for Mrs. Eddy and her dedication to revealing Christian Science, which teaches us to overcome the evidence of material sense with spiritual Truth. For me, this psalm describes this day: “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand” (Psalms 37:23, 24).
When I gave this testimony at a Wednesday evening church meeting, several older members of the congregation came up afterward to share their thoughts. Whereas in the past they had been worried about falling and needing lots of time to recuperate, it was now clear to them that they could pray during the event—immediately holding to the truth of divine Life, where no accidents are possible, as our life. This approach and proof of healing brought them joy.
My deepest thanks to everyone who helps us share testimonies of healing with the world.
Trudi J. Carter
Lawrenceville, Georgia, US