THE phone rang, and a friend told me all was well. What reassurance that brings-the statement that all is well. A lost article found, a job secured, a relationship restored, are all examples of things turning out well.
But when faced with a problem, can you at that point say that all is well? Yes, when your assertion is based on spiritual understanding that God and His creation are perfect. It is encouraging to remember that the expression "all is well," made under difficult circumstances, is effective in healing those conditions, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures states that "Spirit, Life, Truth, Love, combine as one,-and are the Scriptural names for God"; that "all substance, intelligence, wisdom, being, immortality, cause, and effect belong to God" (p. 275). These are the words of the Discoverer of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy. The identity, health, and happiness of each one of us have their source in God. He is aware of every detail of His creation. The universe and man exist totally within God, and express Him. This is a spiritual viewpoint. This is a sure and demonstrable basis for saying "all is well," when things seem very different.
There is a story in Second Kings in the Bible that shows how it is possible-and helpful-to say that "all is well" even in a dark hour. A woman found her child sick one day. He died in her lap. Knowing that Elisha was a man whose spiritual conviction would bring help, she left her boy and went to find Elisha. And when he saw her coming, he sent his men to ask the questions "Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child?" The woman answered, "It is well." This, despite her great distress. And Elisha raised her child to life. Beyond happy words, only spiritual understanding and actual power could have proved the woman's statement true, in the raising of her son from death.
One day I was cutting up branches and twigs for disposal. I was working rapidly, using sharp cutters. Suddenly I cut across the top of a finger on my left hand. I washed it and tied a clean piece of cloth over the wound. From the first instant, I knew I wanted to rely on God to heal this injury.
Having studied Christian Science, I knew I must hold in thought the spiritual fact that would heal me. I knew that whatever is evil, such as an injury or an accident, is a falsity about God and man. God is good. He does not know bad. And that which is unknown to God cannot be the truth, even though appearances may indicate the very opposite. God's harmony is man's harmony. Inharmony never touches man because it never touches God. Considering these spiritual truths, I gained a reassurance that truly all was well, already.
Soon the pain eased; during the second day most of it was gone. On the morning of the third day I had just finished shaving when I became aware, only momentarily, of a powerful yet utterly gentle glow in the finger. I removed the cloth covering, to find there was no sign of a cut of any kind; both the nail and finger were normal. Prayer had restored my finger to its normal condition. My thinking had been fully attentive to God, turned away from the troubling physical evidence. To God there never had been any inharmony; and it is because our individual spiritual being is never touched by mortality that we can find good reinstated in our lives through such prayer as this.
Throughout his ministry of healing, Jesus Christ consistently considered God's great love for His creation, and this enabled him to heal and save people. According to St. John, Jesus said, when approaching a stage in his career in which he knew he would face great difficulties, "This is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing" (John 6:39). Anyone who follows the example of Jesus, and understands what he taught, has the right to say at any moment that all is well. Based on the spiritual facts of being, he is telling the truth. And the truth brings healing.
The Lord is well pleased
for his righteousness' sake;
he will magnify the law,
and make it honourable.