In August of last year, my husband and I had planned a backpacking trip through the Sierra Nevada mountains with my brother, an avid mountain climber. This trip would be the first time I had been backpacking since my childhood, and I couldn’t wait.
I had been praying about the trip for a few weeks, knowing that, in reality, divine Mind was governing every condition in perfect order, so we could expect harmony in everything from the weather to our equipment.
On the day before we were set to leave on the trail, I was at the airport waiting for my connecting flight when I started experiencing cold symptoms. It was so tempting to believe this was my “annual cold” and that it would ruin our trip. But from my experience with Christian Science, I knew I needed to refute that suggestion.
I had recently taken Christian Science class instruction, where I had gained a deeper understanding of the creation of man as recorded in the Bible in the first chapter of Genesis. I had learned that this spiritual history is the only history of man, who is God’s perfect idea. No material event has happened (or ever could happen) to the spiritual man of God’s creating, nor is there a single sickness or stain on his record.
While I was sitting at the airport gate praying, I recalled a testimony I had read in the Christian Science periodicals by a man who had experienced a cold every year around the same time. When that time of year rolled around, he would find himself expecting to be sick. But after learning about Christian Science, he found he did not have to be shackled to a belief of recurring disease. And understanding that God made him perfect and free from evil of any sort, he was permanently healed.
I knew the same was true for me. I did not need to fear a recurring disease, because it was not part of me as the child of God.
At that point, I looked up at the amazing activity in the airport to see people of all walks of life moving about from gate to gate to catch their various flights. The thought came to me, “If air traffic control can manage thousands of flights per day with many different schedules, imagine how much God can manage! He knows, loves, and cares for each of us.”
I insisted on seeing Godlike qualities in everyone at the airport that day, and felt a deep appreciation for each one of them. If God was taking care of all of His children, He was taking care of me too, and we were all expressing His divine qualities.
My healing was nearly instantaneous. Within a short time, the mental fog lifted, and I was completely relieved of the cold symptoms.
We went on our lovely hike, with even more moments of harmony throughout the trip. In each new vista, I clearly saw the divine Mind at work, and was so grateful it was at work in me too. This experience was proof to me that “the divine Mind, which forms the bud and blossom, will care for the human body, even as it clothes the lily; but let no mortal interfere with God’s government by thrusting in the laws of erring, human concepts” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 62).
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