Right after moving into a new house in a new state, my mother-in-law asked me to start teaching Sunday School in my new church. I was incredibly nervous about teaching Sunday School to four-year-olds. Primarily, I felt like a hypocrite because for the past three years I hadn’t been regularly acting like a Christian Scientist. After college, a few mortal experiences caused me to question the absolute effectiveness of Christian Science, and I visited a doctor whenever fear overwhelmed my faith. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was living in fear of a number of crazy things. I was fighting depression and uncertainty.
Once I agreed to teach, I had two weeks to prepare for the first class. I read through the Lesson once to see what I wanted to teach—and then again and again. I read the Lesson over and over again. I pulled out all of the Christian Science books that were still in boxes and started to delve deep into the amazing words I was reading. I didn’t pray about specific topics—I just had to study because I knew it was what I needed. I drank in familiar phrases like someone finding an oasis in the desert.
Day by day, I realized that many of my mortal issues were gone. Work became much easier and I was calm in tough situations. I wasn’t scared all the time.
My biggest breakthrough came with the Lesson on Christ Jesus. It came to me so clearly that healing and being well are simply following a law of God. Dummelow’s Bible Commentary on Hebrews 13:8 (Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever) mentions that this Bible verse is an argument for steadfast adherence to the faith of the former teacher. I can rest assured in my teaching that I know enough to be well and to be strong in my faith. I’ve been studying all the Lessons to prepare for next month, and I’ve gained a better understanding of how the Lesson serves as a mini-class lesson, helping us gain a deeper understanding.
It’s so nice to be happy and peaceful again!