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):

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