Divine Direction

In Isaiah we read of God's promise (42:16), "I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known." A student of Christian Science sought divine direction when the question of whether or not to take a certain proposed train trip presented itself. Because a decision had to be made quickly, the student at first became confused. She then called a Christian Science practitioner to help her.

It was a Sunday afternoon, and the student spent the time in prayerful study with the aid of Christian Science literature—all the while cherishing a deep desire to be obedient to divine direction, whichever way it might point. A short time before the hour of the evening service in a nearby Christian Science church, the student started to make preparations to attend. But, instead, and seemingly through no volition of her own, she found herself packing her bags and getting ready for the train. Arriving at the station, she barely had time to call the practitioner to say she was on her way before, the all-aboard signal was given.

The work done by the practitioner had banished from the student's thought the negative suggestions of doubt, fear, and confusion—all clamoring for an audience. And this, coupled with her own efforts to spiritualize her thinking and to be willing to be obedient to Truth's leading, enabled her to hear the voice of God saying (Isa. 30:21), "This is the way, walk ye in it.' Subsequent events revealed that the Scientist had indeed been divinely directed, for many blessings followed this decision.

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June 26, 1965

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