Several years ago, I was employed as a full-time child care provider for a family. One day, two of the children and I were in the backyard practicing pitching and batting. The big brother was enjoying coaching his little sister in proper pitching techniques. His sister was listening to him and working so hard to improve her pitching skills. I was playing outfield and having just as much fun as the kids.
Then I was struck very hard in one eye with a baseball that had been hit. Immediately the boy, who had hit the ball, came running toward me to make sure I was OK. He was so concerned about my well-being and very apologetic. I remember saying, “I’m OK; just give me a minute.”
I turned wholeheartedly to God, silently communing with the Divine. I began to firmly, mentally declare what I’d learned through my study of Christian Science to be true about God’s creation, which includes everyone: that it is entirely good, spiritual, pure, and whole.
This statement from “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy came to thought: “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” (p. 424).
Realizing that this is a present and operative divine law helped me feel safe and protected. We are always safe in God’s care. God is infinite, so there is no place we can be where God, good, isn’t present. I distinctly remember being very unwilling to witness anything but the truth according to God. I also affirmed that the same divine Love, God, that was comforting me was also comforting the boy, and that he did not need to feel guilty.
Jesus said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:32, New Revised Standard Version). Science and Health states, “The spiritual reality is the scientific fact in all things” (p. 207). In looking back on this, I feel so clearly that the truth Jesus was referring to is the spiritual reality referred to in this statement from Science and Health. Our spiritual nature is our true identity as God created us, whole, good, and spiritual. Through our willingness to affirm our spiritual identity, we overthrow what the physical senses are telling us and experience the natural harmony that comes from God.
As I quietly affirmed the spiritual facts of creation, I felt we all experienced the spiritual reality that is always present, even where its opposite seems to be. There was very little pain as a result of this incident. There was also only minor evidence of harm around my eye, and the children quickly stopped focusing on what had happened. Within a few minutes, we had resumed our game with joy, and I was pain-free. It was truly as though it had never happened. Any remaining evidence of the incident was gone in a few days.
Each of us can learn more of the ever-present laws of God, good, and experience the healing and peace this brings.
Adapted from a testimony published in the Oct. 7, 2019, issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.