In 2006, when I was living in Beijing, China, I attended an afternoon conference in a hotel. The entry to the auditorium was dimly lit, and the stairs curved down to a lower level. I missed a step and fell with my notebook in my hand. When I arose, I assured my companion that I was OK, and we continued into the auditorium and found seats. However, I was no longer able to hold my notebook because the bone connected to my ring finger seemed to be broken, and my little finger did not align with the rest of my hand.
After we sat down, I thought about a statement that was very familiar to me: “Accidents are unknown to God, or immortal Mind, and we must leave the mortal basis of belief and unite with the one Mind, in order to change the notion of chance to the proper sense of God’s unerring direction and thus bring out harmony” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 424). As I prayed with this statement, the pain quickly went away. I was grateful that I could just sit and be still as I held my fingers with my other hand.
Then we realized we were at the wrong meeting, and my companion and I were directed to a room on another floor. After we found seats, I was again grateful that I could just sit and pray to know that I was always in my right place, that I had never fallen out of God’s care, and that God was with me no matter where I was. I had no doubt that all would be well. I listened a little to some of the speakers, but also spent the time in prayerful stillness. At the end of the afternoon, we were invited to a free buffet in the dining room, where I enjoyed the food and meeting other people. On the way home it was cold enough to wear gloves, and after I slipped my gloves on, I no longer felt it necessary to hold on to my injured hand.
When I arrived home, I told my roommate about the day, and she noticed nothing unusual about my hand. After a few days I regained strength in my hand and soon was able to grasp things normally. I resumed my usual typing speed on my computer. What appeared to be a small knot in the bone gradually disappeared, and today it is impossible to tell which hand was injured.
This healing was important to me because it proved that my understanding of God and of how to treat myself through prayer, was “a very present help” (Psalms 46:1), and it was not necessary to search out medical help in a foreign country. Indeed, in all the three years that I lived abroad, as well as throughout my life, I have relied on God to heal whatever problems I have faced.
Rockville, Maryland, US
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