Power to Tread on Scorpions

"Be not afraid," was Jesus' tender admonition as he walked on the water to the ship, where his disciples were. "Be not afraid" has echoed down the centuries to us, yet one student of Christian Science, when called upon to accompany a member of her family into a scorpion-infested desert region, suffered such a fear of scorpions that it became an obsession—an obsession so great that only the power of God, as revealed through the study of Christian Science, could destroy it.

She thought that she had protected her thinking from the suggestions that were presented by well-meaning persons, newspaper warnings, and radio admonitions; yet the fear of scorpions became so all-absorbing that she was continually beholding them wherever she looked.

Very early one morning, after a trying time the evening before, when she had found three scorpions in her home, she awakened, and glancing up at the wall above the window across from her saw a scorpion. It appeared larger than those she had seen and it crawled differently, but there it was—slowly moving down the wall. She called to her husband, who arose and stood upon a chair to survey the space above the window, but he saw no scorpion.

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A Change of Base
February 19, 1944

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