"The finger-posts of divine Science"

[Written Especially for Young People]

A Young Christian Scientist was trying to work out a problem of "place" in Christian Science. Many months went by without the right result appearing. Then, one day it dawned upon her that she could not be praying aright, or her problem, which seemed so difficult, would long since have been solved. And so she asked God to show her how to pray.

Simultaneously with her request there came the recollection of an experience she had once had while sailing by a rocky coast. A sharp squall had very suddenly struck the little craft, causing it to heel over with the sails quivering on the water. She had vainly tried to force the tiller round with all her strength. Some men in a fishing smack near by shouted, "Let her go! Let her go!" But she was too panic-stricken to heed this advice. At last, when she could fight the tiller no longer, she was obliged to "let her go." Instantly the tiller swung round, the sailboat righted itself and came up to the wind.

The remembrance of this long-forgotten incident opened her eyes to the mistaken method she was pursuing in her present difficulty. Once again she realized she was blindly and ignorantly trying to force her affairs in the way she felt they should go. Spiritual enlightenment had now shown her where she was wrong. Instantly she changed her tactics and said aloud, "Yes, dear God, I will let the tiller go!" Then she found herself, figuratively speaking, calmly and happily standing aside, watching to see what God would do with His child. Within a few days there came a demand for her services which took her from one side of the world to the other and supplied her with a God-given place of usefulness and joy.

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God's Care
November 7, 1936

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