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Last spring my wife and I were traveling through northern Illinois on a trip to visit friends in Indiana. We were driving at highway speed on a narrow two-lane highway behind an RV towing a panel truck. Without warning, a ladder broke loose from the top of the panel truck and fell to the road a short distance in front of us.
At that instant my wife vehemently declared, “We are safe!” and our car suddenly veered left into the oncoming lane to avoid the ladder. I suppose I must have turned the steering wheel for evasive action. I only know that my action was not a decision on my part—and I could not see if any vehicles were approaching in the oncoming lane. None were. I think of that occurrence as our being divinely protected.
Reading and studying the weekly Bible Lesson in the Christian Science Quarterly is part of our daily routine. The protective power of divine Love, God, is frequently brought out in these Lessons. And praying for safety is part of our preparation for trips. We arm ourselves with God’s assurances of protection found in the Bible, particularly in the 23rd, 46th, and 91st Psalms. We were, and are, mindful of Mary Baker Eddy’s statement about accidents in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “Accidents are unknown to God, or immortal Mind, and we must leave the mortal basis of belief and unite with the one Mind, in order to change the notion of chance to the proper sense of God’s unerring direction and thus bring out harmony” (p. 424).
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