A passage loaded with spiritual meaning and healing power and often quoted from Science and Health by readers is, “When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought. Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious — as Life eternally is — can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not” (p. 495).
What does it mean to “cling steadfastly?”
I saw an example when I was sitting on a beach a while back watching people walk down the coastline. A young couple appeared with a small baby. The dad was carrying their infant in a sling on his chest. It was windy and sunny and he was doing everything he could to protect his treasure from getting windblown or too hot from the sun. He was fussing over the coverings, holding her tight in his arms, and taking charge to ensure everything was okay with that little one. He also appeared to be a type of guy you wouldn’t mess with, or he’d probably whack you one.
As I watched how tightly this father held his child, and the tender love and care he was showing for his family, I was reminded of the passage written above commanding us to cling steadfastly to God and His idea. I thought, “If we would cling as steadfast to God and His idea as this father was clinging to his child, we’d see more healing when turning to God for help.”
I thought, “If a stranger walked up to that guy and tried to take that baby from him, he wouldn’t let that person get near that child. He would resist mightily, he would fight back. He would do absolutely everything and anything in his might and power to keep another from stealing that child or even touching it. His love for that child would be his call of duty to protect it, even above his own life.”
Then I thought, are we willing to do the same with “God and His idea,” when praying to God for help? Are we as willing to cling steadfastly to the healing truth as this father did to his child no matter what kind of resistance we faced? Or do we give up too easily?
Every problem we face is an opportunity to learn more about God and our relationship to God—to get the right idea of His care and love. As we understand the right idea of God better, healing happens. The false falls away. So, holding to the right idea of God is critical for success in spiritual healing.
So, back to steadfast clinging to God and His idea…
Are we willing to fight for God’s idea to remain in our consciousness? Or do we relent at the slightest pressure from elsewhere to doubt whether prayer is even going to help?
Are we willing to resist every temptation to give up, to let up, to become apathetic, to not care, or not work hard enough for success?
Are we willing to sacrifice convenience, attention to other affairs, other duties and distractions to hold the right idea of God in thought until we understand it and demonstrate it? Are we willing to sacrifice any selfishness that would weaken our resolve to succeed? Are we clear that there is nothing more important than understanding God better and what it means to be God’s perfect idea?
These are good questions and deserve honest answers.
The instruction to “cling steadfastly” is no light request. It is essential to success in healing. It’s demanding, it requires avid attention and solid commitment, but is rewarding when faithfully done. God’s idea becomes better understood, and blessing occurs, making all the effort worth it.