I once experienced and witnessed two consecutive healings over the course of one week, both of them shedding the light of Truth, God, on darkened human thought.
My family and I were living in Ethiopia. My husband was away, traveling in rural areas of the country for his work, and I was home alone with our four children, who ranged in age from two to thirteen years old. During that same week, my daughter, who was in the eighth grade, was going on an adventurous class trip in another remote part of Ethiopia. This was an interesting and exciting opportunity for her, but it also seemed challenging for a middle schooler. As her mom, I was a bit worried about her well-being.
Shortly after she left, at the very start of the week, I experienced intense pain in my face. The next day my eye was visibly swollen. The symptoms were absurd and distracting, and it seemed to me that the worry I had been feeling was being manifested in my body. This was a wake-up call to me that I needed to stop worrying about my husband and my daughter. Instead of worrying, I needed to pray, not only for myself but also for the two of them while they were away.
An angel message, or thought from God, came to me through prayer, which was that I needed to keep my eye single and let my thinking be only about the omnipotence of God and His goodness. This is based on something Christ Jesus said: “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light” (Matthew 6:22). I wanted to let into my thinking only the light of Truth, God, good, which dispels any dark thoughts and feelings of fear or worry.
In the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, eyes are defined spiritually as, “Spiritual discernment,—not material but mental” (p. 586). Keeping our eyes on this light of Truth, deepening our spiritual discernment, we see that fear and worry are false beliefs; they do not come from the infinite goodness of God. And we overcome fear and worry through our deep discernment of the light of Truth.
As I strove to do this, I discovered by the third day that the face pain was gone, and the eye was back to normal. However, then my ear started hurting. But I quickly saw that the added nuisance was an ugly farce! It was trying to distract me from keeping my thoughts on God’s omniscient, omnipresent, healing power. I didn’t let myself become distracted, and I was quickly free of the ear pain.
On the fourth day, I was well prepared mentally and spiritually when my daughter called early in the morning saying she was very upset and not feeling well. She wanted to stay behind at a lodge while the rest of the class visited a remote village up in the mountains.
I was able to pray with her over the phone and share with her an idea from that week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson, which I had been studying before she called: “God is everywhere, and nothing apart from Him is present or has power” (Science and Health, p. 473). She really liked that idea and found it helpful.
After we hung up, I prayed for a better understanding of God’s omnipresence and power to bring healing, and of the fact that I am not personally responsible for doing God’s work. God is the healer in all cases. As a parent and as a witness to God’s healing power, my role was to conscientiously pray for my daughter and align my thought with God.
I knew that my understanding of God’s omnipotence had strengthened, comforted, and healed me, and now I had an opportunity to see how this spiritual understanding could have a healing effect on my daughter. It occurred to me that letting the light of Truth into one’s own thought is like turning on a light in a darkened room. All the people in the room—everyone in the “room” of one’s thoughts—benefit from the light.
In a way, I felt as if I was humbly asking God for a sign, to show me how my prayers could help my daughter who was two hundred miles away from me. I wanted to understand more of scientific Christian healing in order to practice it effectively. I had often said that Mind, God, is not limited by time or space, but in that moment I wasn’t sure if I was fully convinced of that truth, and I guess I wanted a sign.
However, I felt a little hesitant in asking God for a sign. After all, there is a case in the Bible where it seems Jesus chastises a nobleman when the nobleman asks Jesus to come and heal his son (see John 4:46–54). Jesus answers the nobleman, “Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.” Instead of going with the nobleman, Jesus tells him that his son is well right now. The nobleman believes Jesus, and as the nobleman is returning home, he is met with the good news that his son is indeed well, and that the healing occurred at the same hour the nobleman had been talking with Jesus.
As I thought about this story, I reasoned that maybe Jesus was teaching that we shouldn’t follow him just to be wowed by the signs and wonders he was performing, but rather Jesus’ example shows that we should trust and know God’s deep and permanent love for us, which heals. Jesus always gave all the glory to God in everything he did. He said, “The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise” (John 5:19).
Like the nobleman, I realized that I had to trust and believe in God’s healing power, and to know that it was present right where my daughter was.
These insights brought much inspiration to my prayer. My daughter called later that afternoon to report that she was feeling well. She’d gone with the group after all and visited the remote mountain village. She had participated in all the planned activities and was happily engaging with her friends. This demonstration was a sign of the ever-presence of the healing Christ, “the divine manifestation of God, which comes to the flesh to destroy incarnate error” (Science and Health, p. 583).
A wonderful corollary to this healing is that when my daughter returned home, a chaperone from the trip told me that my daughter had been quite unwell that morning and had been vomiting. The chaperone had wanted to bring my daughter to the village, though, because she didn’t want her to be left alone at the lodge. Yet the chaperone had been worried about my daughter’s condition. My daughter rode to the village in a pickup truck with some of the chaperones instead of on the bus with the other students, in case she needed to stop along the way.
The chaperone kept telling me that she didn’t understand how it could be that when my daughter got out of the pickup truck at the village, she was so vibrant and energetic and perfectly well, when just two hours earlier this chaperone had seen with her own eyes how ill my daughter had been. And my daughter had been given no medicine! The chaperone kept saying she couldn’t believe the remarkable change that had taken place.
In deep gratitude I give thanks for this “sign” that so beautifully glorifies God as the only healing power. Both of these healing experiences remind me of this passage in Deuteronomy: “You were shown these things so that you might know that the Lord is God; besides him there is no other” (4:35, New International Version).
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