Sarita's Journey

Every day Sarita went to school in Bombay by train. It was a long walk from home to the railway station, and that morning she had to hurry to catch a fast train because she wanted to be at school earlier than usual. Jostled by the crowd, she made her way onto the railway bridge as fast as she could. A few yards farther, she felt a slight prick in her foot below her ankle. Soon it became very uncomfortable to walk. As she reached the ticket office she stopped in a corner to look at her foot and found that the heel of her sandal was flapping and a nail was sticking into her ankle on the side.

The sight of it suddenly made her fearful. Sarita quickly tried to erase the ugly picture from her thought as she hurried to the railway platform. She found that there were still a few minutes before the train would arrive. She found a seat on a bench and wondered how she should remove that ugly nail from her foot without hurting herself. The thought of pulling it out seemed to terrify her. She started muttering the Lord's Prayer and then stopped herself and thoughtfully went back to consider carefully the phrase with which Christ Jesus began this prayer, "Our Father which art in heaven." Matt. 6:9;

"Why," the thought came to her suddenly, "I'm not going to do it. God, my Father, is doing all that needs to be done!" She found herself reasoning that divine Mind, God, being all-acting, is ever operative and works harmoniously. As she was thinking along these lines, before she knew it, she found herself pulling the nail out. There was not the slightest pain, and she used her handkerchief to stop the bleeding.

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A Thought
September 12, 1977

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