To me, spiritual receptivity is one of the most important qualities...

To me, spiritual receptivity is one of the most important qualities I've learned to cultivate in Christian Science. I recently experienced an instance of protection that came as a result of listening for divine direction.

In the job I held then, I traveled extensively on foot in a metropolitan area. Some days I walked as much as six miles to reach clients. It was a practice of mine, when I walked down the bustling city streets, to ponder these words in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy (p. 60): "Soul has infinite resources with which to bless mankind, and happiness would be more readily attained and would be more secure in our keeping, if sought in Soul."

One day I had a rather extensive schedule of appointments and found myself concentrating on human strategies and details. I was so involved, in fact, that as I walked, I ignored my surroundings. Then I crossed one of the busiest streets in the city without looking at the traffic signals. I was blanketed by the crowds, and I had just moved with them. Only after I had stepped up onto the curb did I realize I had not been paying attention. This startled me. I decided it was time to listen to God, even though the temptation was great to get involved again with my agenda. I recalled these words from the Bible (Prov. 3:5): "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding." I continued walking, glad that I was now more alert.

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