I had been eagerly waiting to spend the summer in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and now, a few days before we were scheduled to leave, I was in bed. Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy was open and on my lap as I searched for the truth that I knew would heal me. I leafed through this precious book, and I found on page 393: “Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good. God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on man.”
As I read those words, I was lifted above and beyond the physical symptoms that were clamoring for my attention. A powerful surge of spiritual, mental might enabled me to rebel against the material claims and take charge of my thought. I did not need to believe that I, as a spiritual idea of God, could have a fever and be in pain. I knew sickness was not from God, and I had the divine right to rise up and assert my God-given freedom and health. I stopped being taken in by the symptoms.
It felt as if I had awakened from a bad dream and been put on a jet plane going forward with no thought of ever looking back. I knew that nothing could get in the way of or interfere with God’s perfection and my ability to experience it. I totally let go of my uncertain human sense of things with the understanding that God was in control. With this inspiration came complete healing. I jumped out of bed and started packing with a burst of joy and freedom.
The following day I went shopping with my husband to get some last-minute items. Without warning, the symptoms reappeared. Immediately I recognized the situation as a challenge to the healing I’d had the day before. The same passage in Science and Health came to mind. I took a firm stand. Yielding to God and opening my thought to His perfection was all I needed to do. The problem disappeared as quickly as it had come, and we went on our trip.
The mountains seemed exceptionally beautiful that summer. I rejoiced in God’s healing presence with humility and gratitude.
Through the years, I have become more alert to suggestions of sickness when they challenge my thought. I know better than to accept them. There is no reality in colds, contagions, or sickness of any kind, and we have divine authority to reject them.
On page 392 of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy states: “Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously.”
Sometimes it takes great resolve to rise up against the material claims that knock at the door of our thought, but when we know that God is with us, and that we are taking a stand for His truth, we are fortified with strength that is not our own—the strength of Spirit.
We need to demonstrate what we understand of God. As we turn to Him, we receive the courage and conviction to prove our freedom from sickness and sin. No matter how difficult the task may seem, or how much opposition we feel, God is stronger. God is the only real power. Our job is to trust in God’s love for us and refuse to let doubt or fear have any place in our thinking.
It doesn’t matter how large a problem seems to be or how small we think we are in comparison—we need to stand up for our divine rights. Nothing can intimidate us or deprive us of healing or from achieving victory over evil in any form.
I was lifted above and beyond the physical symptoms that were clamoring for my attention.
The book of John in the Bible relates a story of a man who “had an infirmity thirty and eight years” (see John 5:2–9). He had lost faith that he could be healed. It seemed that other people were always favored over him. He sat in submission to his malady, finding excuses as to why he was unable to be healed. Jesus did not accept any such reasoning or verdict. Despite the physical evidence, Jesus knew the truth, and his firm conviction and trust in God’s perfection brought healing to the man. Jesus said to him: “Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked.”
We too can rise above error and stand with the truth of God’s healing power. Science and Health states: “Instead of blind and calm submission to the incipient or advanced stages of disease, rise in rebellion against them. Banish the belief that you can possibly entertain a single intruding pain which cannot be ruled out by the might of Mind, and in this way you can prevent the development of pain in the body” (p. 391).
As we meet the challenges in our life with the transforming power of spiritual truth, we grow in grace and confidence to feel God’s love. Each lesson uplifts our thought to understand that we can claim our perfection and ability to heal. It is our divine right to “rise in the strength of Spirit.”
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