When I hurt my foot during tae kwon do

I love practicing tae kwon do—a Korean martial art. But once, during practice, I injured my foot. There was swelling, and my foot hurt when I walked. Initially, I ignored it, thinking it would get better on its own. But it started to hurt more intensely. 

For the last four years, I have been attending Christian Science Sunday School in Chandigarh, India, where I live. There I have learned how to pray and that I can pray about any problems I am facing, including injury or illness. So I decided to turn to God and I also sought prayerful help from a Christian Science practitioner. She shared this selection from a book I’ve read in Sunday School, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy: “The divine metaphysics of Christian Science, like the method in mathematics, proves the rule by inversion. For example: There is no pain in Truth, and no truth in pain; no nerve in Mind, and no mind in nerve; no matter in Mind, and no mind in matter; no matter in Life, and no life in matter; no matter in good, and no good in matter” (p. 113 ).

I have learned that I can pray about any problems I am facing.

It made sense to me that God doesn’t know pain, because God is Love and only good. So I prayed to understand that to God, Love, pain is unknown and therefore cannot exist. I also prayed with the idea that since God is always protecting and caring for me, it would be impossible for me to be hurt.

Several days later, I was halfway to my tae kwon do class when I noticed that my foot was hurting a lot. At first I felt compelled to turn around and go back home. But then, almost immediately, I stopped and realized that I could view myself from a spiritual perspective instead. If I turned back, that would go against what I had been seeing more clearly through my prayers: that the spiritual reality of me is that I am whole and uninjured. It felt right to go to my class that day. As I did, I reminded myself that every activity I do is governed by God, so there can be no pain or discomfort. I also affirmed that my real identity is spiritual; I am the daughter of God. 

I noticed that there was no trace of any swelling or pain.

Initially, I was hoping I wouldn’t have to do any vigorous exercise. But then I realized that since God is governing, I didn’t have to fear anything. So I stopped thinking about it. And during class, I completely forgot about the pain. The class went well, and I enjoyed it. 

A few days later, after praying consistently with these ideas, I noticed that there was no trace of any swelling or pain. I had been completely healed within a week.

I am very grateful to God for the opportunity to attend Sunday School each week. And I am thankful for this wonderful experience, which has helped me feel more confident about trusting God. 

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