Spiritual Vision

On page 91 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy says, "Let us rid ourselves of the belief that man is separated from God, and obey only the divine Principle, Life and Love." In so far as the student of Christian Science understands that man as God's idea is coexistent with God, the divine Principle of all, and obeys God's loving behests, just so far can he prove the omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence of the divine Mind.

Not long ago the proof of this came to a student of Christian Science. For several days the prayer of Elisha, in which he entreated the Lord to open the eyes of his servant, repeatedly came to the thought of the student. So persistently did this recur, that she felt spiritual enlightenment was in some special way necessary to her; so whenever the thought presented itself she would prayerfully repeat, Lord, open thou the eyes of thy servant. After a few days this assurance came in the Master's words: "What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter." Then for some time these passages of Scripture seemed to be forgotten.

Soon after this, one who was going to take an ocean voyage came to the student and said she was somewhat afraid of traveling on the water and also of seasickness, at the same time asking for help in Christian Science. God's loving care and ever presence were carefully explained to the inquirer and verified by references from the Bible and Science and Health. The morning of the day on which the one who was to cross the ocean took the boat, a message was received from her saying, "I am so happy and grateful; all fear has vanished." The student answered that God is good and that He would take care of everything. Several days later, as she studied the Lesson-Sermon, much gratitude for Christian Science brought a great desire to know and understand better the great Exemplar and to follow more lovingly his teachings. Going about some household duties with thought uplifted, she was, however, suddenly touched with a sense of fear. She felt bewildered, and again prayerfully voiced the words, Lord, open thou the eyes of thy servant. Instantly the recognition came that it was a human call for help and also that it came from the traveler on the ocean. The truth was immediately declared. Later a member of the traveler's family called up over the telephone, feeling troubled because no message had been received, but the Christian Scientist could give the assurance that though there had been some delay, all was well. Conveying the certainty of God's loving protection, the answer allayed all fear and satisfied the anxious thought.

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