A guest post written by Nancy Piersall
I’ve been told that gratitude is to healing as oil is to an engine. If you are having car trouble, you don’t say, “I know the engine needs oil. I’ll put oil in as soon as the engine is running well.” The engine needs the oil to run well! Have you ever found yourself thinking, “I’ll be so grateful when this situation or condition is healed?” Maybe the situation or condition needs gratitude first!
When I was in first grade, my dad was returning home from serving in Vietnam. Our family needed to move, and my mom was looking hard for a new house. She had certain conditions: it had to be a rental within a limited budget, three bedrooms, near an elementary school, and clean. She answered listings in the newspaper several different times, but didn’t find anything. As a lifelong Christian Scientist, it was natural for her to pray and apply the principles of Christian Science to this situation. One afternoon after another disappointing search, she was driving home and said aloud that she was grateful to God that our family had always had an adequate place to live and that she knew God would continue to provide for us. Mentally, she turned over the whole search process to God. That evening, the neighborhood paperboy threw a copy of the local paper on our front walk, even though we did not subscribe to it. In the paper were several listings for rentals in a nearby city. My mom followed up on these listings the next day and ended up needing to choose between three houses that all met of her criteria.
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, the founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy writes, “Are we really grateful for the good already received? Then we shall avail ourselves of the blessings we have, and thus be fitted to receive more.” Look around you and see the blessings you already have – and never underestimate the power of gratitude in healing any situation!