Wouldn’t it be nice if the healing we seek when turning to God in prayer was instantaneously realized every time we prayed?
In the Science of Mind, the potential to instantaneously realize the presence of a solution is always present. But in practical experience, it doesn’t always happen in the order the human mind would outline ahead of time.
For instance, when the tax collectors came to Peter to collect the temple tax, Peter went to Jesus for the money, but Jesus didn’t give him the money. Jesus gave him instructions on how to obtain the money. He said, “…go down to the lake and throw in a line. Open the mouth of the first fish you catch, and you will find a large silver coin. Take it and pay the tax for both of us” (Matt. 17:27, NLT).
Jesus had the power to instantaneously produce the tax money on demand, but evidently Peter needed to learn some lessons on obedience and humility first to receive the tax money. Jesus told him what to do, and expected him to follow through. We assume Peter obeyed, the tax money was obtained, and the bill was paid.
Likewise, when we turn to God for healing, there may be preliminary lessons that need to be learned before full healing is realized. When we are humble, willing to listen, obey and follow the divine demand of the moment, we learn the lessons we need to learn that prepare us for the full realization of our prayer. And the answer we knew in Science was present all along, is fully experienced.
Be ready to embrace any lessons coming your way, and to reap their benefit. As you faithfully follow, God will get you to where you need to be.
“Step by step will those who trust Him find that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health, p. 444.