Ideas and experiences from our church members
After I pulled together a variety of citations for use at our testimony meeting last week, I had time to study them. They were rich with a simple, clear concept: God knows our needs and supplies what we need before we even ask.
This can be a revolutionary concept to the human mind, which tends to find things lacking or insufficient, and sees problems as a result. Even as a Christian Scientist who has a long practice of praying for solutions, this hit me in an important place. Did I really believe what Jesus said? What about those things I've prayed about for some time, and am still waiting for help with them?
The next morning in my early prayers, as I looked at the list of things I planned to pray about that day, there was something on my list that hadn't had an answer. I'd prayed for one, over and over. This time, I heard a loud thought "I have given you the answer already. You just haven't recognized it."
Well, maybe it was time to take another look!
Over the weekend, I'd suffered from a kink in my back. I had not known how to pray about it, but a particular statement which is recorded in a biography of Mary Baker Eddy had been repeating itself in my thought. I connected it and took that as my direction. Then, I read an article that I'd pulled out of JSH online a few days before and was sitting in my browser. That took the idea even further. These ideas were just right to set up all my prayer for the morning.
I had planned to paint my bedroom that day. The weather would be good, one of the last nice days this year, which meant I could paint with the windows open. When I was first up, I wasn't sure I felt up to it. But after my prayer, I did. I carried a ladder and all my supplies up two floors to my bedroom, then cleaned and prepped the walls, and proceeded to put on a first coat of paint.
In the meantime, I thought that there might be a connection in thought between another quandary and the difficulty with my back. I was coordinating a big Toastmasters speech contest for the coming weekend. Despite contacting many people, I was still short on qualified judges. I was stumped on what to do. As I took a lunch break before going back to put a second coat of paint on the walls, I thought about how I had not really prayed about this. I realized I couldn't continue to assume that I couldn't find judges and at the same time be relishing that God meets every need. This speech contest was a very good idea, and it didn't make sense that God would leave out the resources required. I decided right then and there not to agree with any fear that we would not have what we needed.
A little over two hours later, I was done painting. My back, while not fully healed, had not hindered me in the slightest and was actually feeling much better than it had when I started. AND - I had all four judges I needed for the contest. In fact, later in the day I would start declining people who were volunteering, which they continued to do for the rest of the week. We were amply supplied, with leftovers! (See the account of Jesus feed the multitude, with twelve baskets of food left over, much more than the original amount of food.) Someone asked me later if I had enough judges. When I said I was turning them down, she was surprised and said that never happens. Well, it did!
Later I sat down to pray quietly with the ideas that had come to me early in the morning. I was uplifted by them, and during that quiet time my back was completely healed.
A week later, my back is still completely fine. And the speech contest was a great success!
Other pages that inspire us
Reading the Wednesday selections
Here is an easy way to read the text that goes with the citations!
In a separate browser window, open https://concordexpress.christianscience.com.
For each citation on this page (e.g. Gen 1:1 or 275:6), copy from this page and paste into the concord express box with the magnifying glass symbol. (Don't use the box at the top with the header about searching JSH-Online.)
Then click on the magnifying glass symbol, and the text will appear to the left, with the selection highlighted.