A Glimpse of Truth

The experiences which follow may serve to illustrate the truth of Mrs. Eddy's words on page 23 of Science and Health, where she says: "Faith, if it be mere belief, is as a pendulum swinging between nothing and something, having no fixity. Faith, advanced to spiritual understanding, is the evidence gained from Spirit, which rebukes sin of every kind and establishes the claims of God."

Before become interested in Christian Science, it became my duty to run a large automobile tallyho over a high range of mountains over some sixty miles of very rough road. When working on the machine, getting it ready for the trip, every detail of preparation was looked after. While standing at the rear and looking over the stripped auto and wondering how I was going to get it over the mountains, the thought came to me that God would be with me. The first day out all went well until about noon, when a small nut came off one of the sparker springs and the apparatus dropped inside the rear cylinder,—an incident which presented a difficulty that seemed almost insurmountable on the road. Then the words of Jesus to his followers, "Be not afraid," and again, "Lo, I am with you alway," gave me a sense of freedom from fear that assured me I would be able to make the repair. I began to look around for some sort of timber with which to lift up the body of the auto, and close by was a tree. Fastening our block and tackle, we were able to get at the engine, take off a cylinder, and take out the damaged part. Then a passer-by told us that a country blacksmith shop was about a half mile farther on. When my helper returned with the part, it was straightened almost perfectly, and I thanked God for all these things that were at hand and started on the journey with confirmed faith that I had discovered in a new way the power of God to help us at all times.

We stopped for dinner the third day at the foot of a mountain, and when part way up on the steepest grade the engine began to miss on the rear cylinder, and for an instant I was almost paralyzed with fear; then those words came to me again: "Lo, I am with you alway,"—and the engine stopped missing and I was surprised that it ran so smoothly. Many times going up the mountain I had ample opportunity to test God's word, and every time with unfailing results. Being a mechanic and believing that iron is iron and that it requires fingers to adjust it, I was the more astounded at the results of simply declaring this truth upon occasions when adjustments were needed and it was impossible to make them with my fingers.

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The Little Foxes
June 21, 1919

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