A woman visited me in my office in February of 2013 to ask for spiritual help with a health problem she was working through. At the end of our interview, as an add-on request, she pointed to one of her legs and said it was up to ½” shorter than the other. Could it be healed too? She wondered.
I hesitated in my response thinking I already had enough to pray about with the other health issues, but heard the voice of Truth remind me that she was perfect in all ways, not just in some ways. I told her that we could pray about that too, and we ended our time together on a very up note.
She progressed with leaps and bounds over the coming weeks, growing in her understanding of God, gaining traction over her health-fears and seeing God at work in her life. But she sent me an email in mid-March mentioning that her leg had not changed. It was still too short! Plus her ankle was rigid and often in pain. She added that maybe I needed to know the history so I could pray about it more effectively, and explained that the leg was broken in 5 places, including her ankle, in a bad ski accident when she was 16. The attending doctor said her right leg would be short the rest of her life, and she would have to wear shoe inserts to keep her from developing bad back problems, which she did for the last 40 years. But over the last ten years, she had back pain any way, and often severe stiffness and pain in her ankle. With several visits to doctors, use of orthotics and laser surgery too, the problem was only getting worse and prohibited her from walking much.
I emailed her back and said we needed to see that she never broke her leg in the first place. Nothing had changed on that ski slope for her as a child of God. She was as spiritual and whole as ever.
In my private prayers I recollected that she had told me in February that she attended a Christian Science Sunday school as a youngster, but in her early teens stopped going to Sunday school, and left church, any church actually, ever since. When faced with a health crisis a few months before she visited me, she decided Christian Science was her only hope for recovery and had come back to studying it after a 40 year hiatus. To me, this signaled a “coming back to Truth,” evidence of her unbroken relationship to God. She had made a full circle from being introduced to Truth as a young child, to meandering in the wilderness of human material belief for 40 years, and then circling around to Truth again. She could not get away from it. Her relationship to God was unbroken, and somehow, I felt, this seemed relevant to the leg and ankle healing.
As a child of God, I continued to reason, she could not be broken, not on a ski slope, not in faith, not in hope, not in her understanding of Christian Science, not in her feeling God’s unbounded love and care for her, not in any way. She could not be broken in one way, 3 ways, or in 5 ways. She could not be broken. She was as whole and complete now as in the moment God conceived of her. The belief of a broken leg, or perhaps a broken identity, was a dream that was not going to be dreamed any longer.
I didn’t hear anything from her on this issue until she phoned me ecstatic in July to report that her shorter leg had grown out to the same length as the other. She noticed it happening in stages since March, as the orthotics had to be adjusted and then dispensed with so she could walk in comfort. For the first time in 40 years, she could walk in bare feet with no shoes. Her ankle was flexible and painless too. Her joy and gratitude was unbounded. We praised God together for this wonderful proof of divine Love’s healing care. She wears normal shoes today and is an avid hiker.