In Christian Science we learn that nothing can impede God’s action. I had to reason this way several years ago after I awoke one Monday morning with severe back pain that prevented me from going to school to teach my fourth grade class. I had also been feeling burdened by complaints from some parents that my expectations were too high for their children; the physical pain seemed like an outgrowth of this mental weight.
I called a Christian Science practitioner that morning after realizing I needed to be obedient to Mary Baker Eddy’s statement in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures that says, “If students do not readily heal themselves, they should early call an experienced Christian Scientist to aid them” (p. 420). The practitioner pointed out that man is God’s precious child, harmonious, flexible, standing with Principle, and “leaning on the sustaining infinite” (Science and Health, p. vii). She also shared that “in him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28) and that “…man is the ultimatum of perfection, and by no means the medium of imperfection” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 79).
That day I worked on shutting out fears that I was incapable or unworthy of healing, and I stopped rehearsing reasons for the pain. Since I would not go anywhere physically or mentally by believing negative suggestions, I spent many hours in quiet study of the Bible and Mrs. Eddy’s writings, praying to know and truly understand that I was perfectly made in God’s image and likeness, a spiritual idea and not a mortal. By spending that day in study, I was going to spiritual altitudes of thought I had never been before.
The next day I continued in prayer, and I began to reason along these lines: God is pleased with me and how I teach those little ones in my classroom. No criticism can “bind” me or keep me from expressing my talent as a teacher. Man is the reflection of God. Since God is not physical and is not all bent over saying, “Ouch,” I realized it is absurd, to say the least, that I, as God’s reflection, could be. How could I reflect such a false picture? No way!
I also thought about Hymn 18 in the Christian Science Hymnal, which reminded me to be “up and be doing.” That is just what I did, too. I shortly began to do housework, knowing that God would not take me halfway, and that in reality, my healing was already complete. The next morning, on Wednesday, the pain was completely gone and I returned to teach the children at school. In the evening, I served as an usher at church.
This healing occurred several years ago, and the problem has never returned. I should also mention that at the end of that school year, the criticism of my teaching had turned to gratitude for the progress the children had made. I’m moving forward “on upward wing” (see Mary Baker Eddy, Poems, p. 4). My feet are firmly planted in Christ, Truth. I am so grateful for this and many more healings over the years that have come about through the study of Christian Science.
Winter Springs, Florida, US