‘Don’t connect the dots’

A few years ago I was struggling with a painful condition in my legs that was making it difficult to find a comfortable position either to rest or to sit and work. My own prayers weren’t bringing permanent relief, so I phoned a fellow Christian Scientist to discuss the situation and perhaps gain some fresh spiritual insights.  

In the course of our conversation I mentioned a recent series of events that I found disturbing, suggesting that perhaps this was connected to the physical distress. While it was certainly legitimate to put these concerns on the table for discussion, my friend’s response redirected my thought process entirely. He said simply, “Don’t connect the dots.” Then he added, “They aren’t inherently connected, so don’t do it for them.”

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