A guest post written by Martha Hallaren from Rancho Santa Fe, California.
For many people, the year-end holidays are a time to gather with friends and families. These are typically happy occasions, and I as a young bride I enjoyed getting together with my new in-laws – except if these gatherings were at my mother-in-law’s apartment. It turns out that although my mother-in-law was very kind and I enjoyed visiting with her, she had a cat. Since childhood I would develop allergy symptoms when I was in homes with cats, so after about an hour in her apartment, I’d have to go to our car in order to breathe more freely. It was embarrassing and a nuisance.
It also seemed especially incongruous at Christmas when people really focus on Christ Jesus’ messages like, “ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Focusing on this idea of freedom, I found I was reluctant to use allergy medication because of the possibility of becoming dependent or of suffering side effects – both of which sounded like taking steps toward less freedom, rather than toward more freedom.
Over time I decided to focus on Jesus’ statement about truth and freedom and I pondered what “truth” I might know that would bring freedom from cat allergies. I wanted to completely enjoy being with friends and family – and enjoy their beautiful pets!
What was the truth that finally led to freedom from allergy symptoms? First, it was the idea that there is only one cause – God – not a number of causes, including cats. Mary Baker Eddy, nineteenth-century health researcher and the founder of Christian Science, writes: “There is but one primal cause. Therefore there can be no effect from any other cause, and there can be no reality in aught which does not proceed from this great and only cause.” Taking this a step further with God being the only cause, the question becomes: If God is the only cause, would He cause me to suffer? The Bible in Psalms reassures us that, “the goodness of God endureth continually” and “How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.”
The concepts of God’s goodness and His lovingkindness have been powerful truths in understanding my freedom. Working with these ideas, I‘ve found gradual freedom over the years and I am now comfortable in homes with cats. And this truth that God is the only cause is able to bring healing and freedom to any number of life’s challenges!