At one time my wife and I were traveling on the Coastal Express off the coast of Norway. I entered a men's room to get rid of some waste paper, but I failed to see the raised threshold. Tripping over it, I stumbled headlong across the room until my head hit the ceramic tile wall fifteen feet away. I fell to the floor. Even though this was a jarring experience, the thought that it might have caused serious damage didn't occur to me. I simply did what I would normally do when there is a disruption such as this. I affirmed that God is All; the one and only divine Mind. He governs His creation intelligently. In God's eyes, there are no mistakes, no accidents, that could cause harm to His children.

Outside, my wife heard a clatter and a loud bump. For a brief moment, she wondered, "What's going on in there?" Immediately, though, she also declared with conviction that there are no accidents in God's universe. Both she and I were remembering this statement from Science and Health: "Accidents are unknown to God, or immortal Mind, and we must leave the mortal basis of belief and unite with the one Mind, in order to change the notion of chance to the proper sense of God's unerring direction and thus bring out harmony." The passage continues, "Under divine Providence there can be no accidents, since there is no room for imperfection in perfection" (p. 424).

"How to change the world"
December 21, 1998

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