One day this winter I went running with a couple of friends. That alone was an amazing demonstration—breaking through a slump I’d been having and remembering that my love of running is my God-given expression of joyous activity.
The first part of the run was primarily uphill. As we ran I started to feel pain in a muscle that I’d strained while working out a few days before. I didn’t say anything to my friends but was rather quiet while they were chatting away having fun. As we kept going it started to loosen up a bit, though the pain was still present with every step. Later on in the run, we passed an ambulance and fire truck parked outside a new YMCA gym. While I didn’t know exactly what they were there for, I began to know the truth that God knows only good—whoever was in need had immediate protection.
I remembered this quote from Mary Baker Eddy, found in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “Accidents are unknown to God … ,” and the passage later states that “… there is no room for imperfection in perfection” (p. 424). I reasoned that any kind of activity, whether at a gym, while running, or doing anything joyful was a perfect expression of God as Life, Spirit, and Love—three synonyms that Mrs. Eddy gives for God. There was certainly no room for any imperfection in anything good, and I knew this idea was absolutely true.
These thoughts of perfection continued to flood my mind with a sense of peace. And in that moment of prayer, I felt the pain in my muscle completely dissipate. I was even able to pick up the pace for the last few blocks of my run. I felt an amazing feeling that I remembered from being a long-distance runner, where everything is working together and there is an incredible sense of wholeness and rightness to the activity of running. And since then I have continued to have this renewed excitement about getting back out there again! I am also so thrilled and grateful to have such an amazing healing while prayerfully supporting others. Nothing can stop our joyous activity when we put God first.
Washington, DC, US
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