Two summers ago, I was on a trip to California with my DiscoveryBound NLC (National Leadership Council) class. We were whitewater rafting and having a great time. When we reached our half-way point, we came out of the river to set up camp for the night. Before we set up camp, we had to change into dry clothes. Our raft guides had warned us about poison oak in the woods and to be careful about coming into contact with it.
The girls headed into the woods to change first. A few hours later, I began to feel uncomfortable. I noticed a rash on my legs, and right away I prayed with the truth, knowing that nothing could take away the joy I was having on this trip because God was right there with me. One of my friends came over, and we started to read the Christian Science Bible Lesson. One sentence stood out to me, and she encouraged me to memorize it. The sentence was from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy: “No power can withstand divine Love” (p. 224). I replaced the words, “No power can” with these words, “Poison oak cannot withstand divine Love.” This meant to me that God, good, was all-powerful and nothing else could have control over me.
We had a Christian Science practitioner traveling with us on this trip and he talked with me about my God-given spiritual perfection. He reminded me that I couldn’t be outside of God’s presence and there wasn’t a place where error or poison could exist in His kingdom.
I couldn't be outside of God's presence.
After a little while, I decided to join the rest of the group in a game of volleyball. I soon forgot about the rash on my legs and continued to participate in all the activities that were planned that evening. That night we were sleeping outdoors and there were a lot of stars to look at while I was lying there. One last thought came to me. It was not to worry about when the rash was going to go away, but to realize that I was already perfect and complete, because I am the reflection of God.
The next morning I woke up and was completely healed. The rash had disappeared, and I felt 100 percent! I was able to comfortably continue on our rafting trip. I’ve had many Christian Science healings in my life, but this was the first “big” healing that I have had on my own. I am very grateful for what I have learned, and this has made me see how to demonstrate Christian Science in everyday life.
Megan Selby is a junior in high school and enjoys sports and traveling.
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