A burden lightened

A number of years ago when I was unemployed, a friend recommended that I apply for a job where she worked, which was in the office of a private school. She said that they were looking for someone to help with the heavy workload. 

Toward the end of my first day at work there, my lower back became increasingly uncomfortable. I drove home and went directly to bed in a great deal of pain. I called a Christian Science practitioner for treatment and began to pray for myself, as I was accustomed to do when faced with challenges of every sort.

When I awoke the next morning, any effort to stand up still resulted in extreme pain. I didn’t want to disturb my husband, who was in another room studying, so I carefully slid out of bed and slowly worked my way across the floor on my hands and knees toward the bathroom. Halfway there, it suddenly occurred to me that I was not a beast of burden carrying the heavy workload of others. I laughed out loud at the thought. It was actually an especially appropriate image since the school had horses and donkeys for the children to learn about, care for, and ride. By the time I reached the bathroom, I was able to stand up without pain.

As I pondered this experience before going to work that day, I affirmed that God was my employer. He would only give me work that was mine to do, and as His reflection I included all the qualities needed to do it. I refused to accept the false belief that my fellow workers and I could feel burdened, or that they had the power to load me up with more work than I could handle. God created us to have dominion over the earth and all things in it (see Genesis 1:26, 27). He did not create burdened men and women. Mary Baker Eddy says in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “Whatever it is your duty to do, you can do without harm to yourself” (p. 385).

I also found comfort in the idea that we can expect any seeming burden to be light when we leave it in God’s loving hands. If we see ourselves as mortals with limited resources and capacities, any weight of whatever nature will feel particularly heavy. But if we see ourselves as the spiritual idea of God, reflecting His intelligence, strength, and limitless abilities, we can do all things! 

Christ Jesus says: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28–30). Referring to that verse, Mrs. Eddy writes, “With all the homage beneath the skies, yet were our burdens heavy but for the Christ-love that makes them light and renders the yoke easy” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 262). I affirmed that we are all the children of our Father-Mother God, and in doing His will and His alone, we are inseparable from that Christ-love which makes our tasks light.

My remaining time of employment at the school was busy but rewarding, and there were no further problems with my back. This healing has stood out to me over the years as a reminder of the mental nature of pain, and how the truth can instantly pop pain’s seeming reality as easily as one pops a soap bubble. I am also very grateful for the effective prayers of the practitioner and for the loving support of my husband, whose prayers contributed to this healing. Christian Science is precious beyond measure—truly a pearl of great price.

Pamela Sand
Buckland, Massachusetts, US

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