Several years ago I had a special experience that proved the efficacy...

Several years ago I had a special experience that proved the efficacy of these words (Ps. 139:7, 9, 10): "Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? ... If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me." I was with a group of college students, traveling in East Africa to study the wildlife and ecology of the region. One of our stops was a national park. We were staying in a tent camp, about a quarter mile from the lodge and other facilities.

When I woke one morning I felt very weak and ill. So while the rest of the group went on camera safari to look for cheetahs, I stayed in the tent and slept. About midmorning a woman in charge at the lodge came to look in on me, since the only creatures around me (that I was aware of) were a treeful of chattering monkeys. The woman asked me a few questions and told me that she was a registered nurse and that I had all the symptoms of malaria. When she asked if I had the accepted medication for malaria, I told her that I was a Christian Scientist and that I relied on prayer for healing. She left after promising to send over some fruit juice for me.

April 25, 1988

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