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Fear overcome; eyesight restored
I had always been terrified of flying, having experienced some very anxious, even ill, moments as a result of past encounters with air turbulence. On a trip back to New York from Antigua, as I boarded the plane, I became acutely aware that the island had been experiencing a severe tropical depression that seemed to be unyielding. I was concerned about the possibility of air turbulence during the flight. I boarded the plane with considerable fear. As I fastened my seat belt, I immediately turned to God and prayed to feel His presence. A verse from the Bible calmed me: "It shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear" (Isa. 65:24). I continued to pray to know that God was in control, that the "everlasting arms of Love" (Christian Science Hymnal, No. 53) were indeed around and beneath not only me, but every passenger on the aircraft.
During the time prior to takeoff, I started to sort out my thinking, continuing to pray as we cleared the runway and took off. We were airborne for only a few minutes when the pilot announced that there was a perfect rainbow in view. I had never before seen a rainbow from the air, where it forms a perfect circle instead of just the arc seen from the ground. Immediately, there came into my consciousness such a flood of light that it was as if the sun had suddenly come out and brought with it an outpouring of joy and love. I sat there, in the wonder of it all. I was actually bearing witness to a favorite verse I remembered from one of Mary Baker Eddy's poems (Poems, p. 12):