Mrs. Eddy defines miracle as follows: "That which is divinely natural, but must be learned humanly; a phenomenon of Science" (Science and Health, p. 591). The other day I beheld what was to me a miracle. As we were seated under a tree near a country roadside, we saw what appeared to be a bug crawling toward us. I picked it up and discovered that it was a moth, evidently just out of the cocoon, for it had only the tiniest suggestion of wings. I put it on a fence-post, and in two or three minutes I looked at it again. Its wings were noticeably larger, while its body was much smaller. We watched it, then, as it surely and more and more rapidly developed not only wings much larger than the body had ever been, but double wings; and then, growing in size and beauty with the wings, beautiful spots of color.

To me this was indeed a parable and a prophecy, and there came a deep sense of gratitude that I had even a small degree of understanding of Christian Science, that Science "with which can be discerned the spiritual fact of whatever the material senses behold" (Science and Health, p. 585); for there were many lessons to be learned from this phenomenon as explained in Science. The awkward, homely bug typified that state of mortal mind which many of us bring to Science when we first seek its aid, and which is little more than a dissatisfaction with present conditions.

March 16, 1912

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