So, What of It?
by Mary Beth Singleterry
A very fine old-time practitioner had his office in downtown Manhattan. All day long a steady stream of people would enter this office for help, inquiring of him, “How can God, whom I can’t even see, heal my difficulties?” He would quietly speak to them of God’s love and healing power, and one by one they would leave refreshed, rejuvenated, and healed.
On his desk he kept a simple sign which read, “So, what of it?” He explained to a friend that this sign was a constant reminder not to be impressed with error. The practitioner told his friend, “It could be very easy for me, after listening to many tales of sickness and sorrow, to become heavy-laden, to begin to believe these problems are real and have power. Of course, it is my job to know God is All-power and these stories are but a passing dream that vanish with the light of Truth.”
He told a story of a woman who came for his help, quite determined her problem was very awful and also very real! He answered her insistence with a twinkle in his eye and said, “Madame, if you convince me — we both are sunk!” This inspired a hearty laugh and was the beginning of a wonderful healing. The practitioner never failed to keep his humor, his joy, his undaunted faith in God, and at the end of each day as he was preparing to leave for home, he would look at his little sign and be reminded, “So, what of it?” All the trials of the day would fade away, and as he walked along the busy streets of New York City, an unmistakable smile of gratitude for God would radiate upon his face.
This story has been very helpful to me. When an error seems to loom up and suggest all kinds of negative horror tales, it is essential to deflate its ugly taunts with, “So, what of it?” As Mrs. Eddy says, “Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good.” Destroy the lie with, “So, what of it, you big bully!!? You are not going to convince me you have any power when I know God is All-power! I am not going to listen to your lies! I refuse to let you mesmerize me to believe this godless picture is true! My God is real, and I put all my trust in Him! So, go back to where you came from and destroy yourself!”
Mrs. Eddy also states in Science and Health, “The confidence inspired by Science lies in the fact that Truth is real and error is unreal. Error is a coward before Truth.” So, my friend, never be intimidated by any error. Strike back with a death blow and with all the power of God behind your efforts! Look it squarely in the eye and say with great calm and with the authority of the Christ, “So, what of it?”! Refuse to be impressed and you will find it disappearing into its native nothingness.