The "still small voice"

DURING the month of March, 1913, while living in a small town in Colorado, we had occasion to visit our ranch, which was located twenty-five miles from where we were living. We drove to it one day and returned the next; but soon after starting on our homeward trip we encountered a severe storm, what would be called a western blizzard, and it continued to rage throughout the journey, while the cold was intense.

Soon after arriving at our journey's end, however, a call came for me to visit a child who was said to have been very sick for two days and had scarcely slept at all during that time. Self-pity now asserted itself, and I said to myself that because of such a long, cold ride and being so tired and stupid I simply could not go out again, and could not do any good if I were to go. Following close upon this thought came these words, as if spoken by a voice: "You do not do the healing; God does the healing, and He is never cold, tired, or stupid, but is always ready to hear the cry of the needy." Instantly the mortal thought was destroyed and I went on my mission of love, rejoicing that I was counted worthy to work in God's vineyard.

When I reached the home of the child the family were gathered about him, manifesting great fear; but I asked to left alone with the little one. Then lifting my thoughts to God and realizing the all-presence of divine Love, the child was instantaneously healed and was back in school the next morning. This experience was a wonderful lesson to me. It caused me to be more humble, to strive more diligently to cast out self, and to realize more fully the meaning of the Master's words: "I can of mine own self do nothing;" "the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works." I saw as never before that we are only channels through which the healing truth flows from God to man, and the freer we keep our channels of thought from being clogged with self, the better and quicker healing we will be able to do.

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