Divine Direction

THERE was no moon and the night was very dark. A student of Christian Science was riding through the country in a bus. When she reached the station, she asked the conductor to direct her to the settlement where her relatives lived. She was dismayed to find that she had to go quite a distance through the darkness to reach their home. The conductor pointed out the path, and she began her journey.

After walking some distance she noticed a change from the smooth path and finally found she was sinking in mire: she had lost the way and was walking in a swamp. She turned, hoping to regain the path, but no matter which way she went, she sank deeply with every step. No light could be seen, the darkness was so dense. Then she raised her thought in prayer to God for direction. It came in the words, "Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord." These words, spoken by Moses to the children of Israel at the Red Sea, comforted her. She obeyed the heavenly direction, and stood still. Then came to mind the admonition of our Leader (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 66), "Amidst conjugal infelicity, it is well to hope, pray, and wait patiently on divine wisdom to point out the path." Her fear left her as she pondered the inspired words, "wait patiently on divine wisdom to point out the path."

She was so absorbed in the thought of the divine direction that she was not surprised, but thought it quite natural that she should hear men and women singing a hymn in the distance. The sound came nearer, and when she thought they were close enough to hear, she called loudly: "I am lost in the swamp. Please help." They heard, and called back, "This is the way; this is the way to the path." She followed the direction of the voices and was soon on the path again.

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The Fortress
April 24, 1937

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