Some years later, I found out how important inner thoughts are. It had to do with headaches. I had never experienced a headache, until one morning I felt intense head pain. My first thought was to try to find relief by getting into a tub of warm water – my usual comfort spot whenever I was troubled about anything. I sat there with tears running down my face because I found no relief.
So, I asked myself what had I been allowing to occupy my thoughts during the week. I realized I had been thinking almost non-stop about my neighbor and her marriage troubles. We had become good friends and she had almost daily shared her anguish with me about her relationship with her husband. I noted that I had even come to the conclusion that her husband was the one who needed to shape up!
At the moment that I realized how completely my thinking had been absorbed by these problems, another thought came suddenly to thought: “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalms 46) At the moment I turned my thought to considering God, instead of the pain or my friend's problems, I became very still - mentally and physically and the pain disappeared instantly.
This was one of my early proofs of something Mary Baker Eddy wrote in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “…..scientific thoughts are true thoughts, passing from God to man.” ( p. 104) The fact that I thought of that clear and pointed Bible passage when I was in such need convinced me that it originated in God. The thought of God blasted away the self-righteous, judgmental thoughts I had been entertaining about my neighbors. And I learned an important lesson: Thoughts do count!
I never had another headache. The thought of God heals and it heals permanently.
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