It was the night before Association. I’d gone to bed anticipating a good night’s sleep before the next day’s wonderful meeting. I drifted off to sleep, only to wake up an hour later. In stretching one of my legs an unusually sharp pain suddenly gripped that leg. Thinking it was a cramp, I got up to stand on the leg but found it wasn’t a cramp and I couldn’t stand on it.
At that point I sat up in bed and knew it was time to pray, even while mortal mind was saying, “Well, what if you can’t go to Association tomorrow?” One of the first things that came to me was that the ego or I must go to the Father – a paraphrase of one of the references in Section 3 of the Association references. I knew that meant I couldn’t believe “I am hurt” or “I am diseased,” since God is the I Am. This was a comfort. Supporting this was a passage I’d just memorized from Science and Health, by Mrs. Eddy, p. 216: “The understanding that the Ego is Mind, and that there is but one Mind or intelligence, begins at once to destroy the errors of mortal sense and to supply the truth of immortal sense.” With my whole heart I turned to the Ego as Mind and knew this was a powerful truth. I also accepted the fact that this could “at once” begin to destroy the error.
Then, almost without realizing it, I made my way haltingly in the dark to a chair in the bedroom where I thought about and affirmed these truths. I must have been so focused on Truth that I wasn’t thinking about the leg. All of this consumed several hours. When I made my way back to the bed, I decided to read two articles that are saved in my iPhone. One is “Christianly Scientific Prayer” and the other is “Womanhood and ‘Christ’s all-conquering love.’” I pondered the spiritual truths in both articles and continued to pray. When I looked at my phone again it was 4:00 a.m.
I was then able to go back to sleep for an hour and a half, and got up just after 5:30. I felt refreshed even though I’d slept only two and a half hours total. My leg functioned just fine in the morning; there were no signs at all of that painful problem.
My family and our house guests all got to Association on time and had the deeply rewarding and instructive day God had planned for us.