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Eagles, egrets, ducks, and blue herons flew along the banks of a local creek as my husband and I canoed. After sharing the account with some friends who are kayakers, they asked if we would take them kayaking on the same route. We said, “Sure!”
During my prayers of communion with God on the morning of the outing, I thought about the fact that God is divine Mind, the one intelligence of the universe. Mary Baker Eddy says in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “Controlled by the divine intelligence, man is harmonious and eternal” (p. 184). This is a divine law that applies to everyone. I prayerfully affirmed that divine Mind would be governing every aspect of the trip. I knew that God, divine Principle, was actually holding every one and every thing in perfect order, wherein there is no chance, fate, or luck.
I had never before kayaked. After some practice, though, I felt comfortable dipping the paddle from one side to the other. However about halfway through the trip, I got caught in a fierce current of water. My kayak was swept sideways and I fell out. As I held on to the kayak, I was bobbing up and down and hitting the sharp rocks. The thought came, “Let go of the kayak!” But I didn’t want to let go of it—it seemed like giving in. I felt a sense of pride in being able to hold on to the boat. I was known for being a real fighter—not one to give up easily. Again the thought came, “Let go of the kayak!”
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