Prayer brings hikers’ rescue

While in Arizona several years ago, I visited a canyon for a hike with a friend. We began around midday and estimated that the hike would take three to four hours. After reaching our destination, we decided to take a different route back. Several hours later, we realized we had missed the turnoff for the parking lot and did not know where we were. We backtracked and tried to find the correct trail, but could not. There were no other hikers around and no signs to guide us. 

It was now late in the day and beginning to get dark and cold, and we were tired. I called 911 for help but could not explain where we were in the park. The person I spoke to said they would call back.

As we waited, I had moments of uncertainty and even fear, so I reached out to God for courage and strength. As I began to feel God’s presence, the fear lifted. I knew that we were never out of His sight, that our Father-Mother God would not abandon us, and that we were “under the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalms 91:1).

I held to these words from a poem by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science:  

I will listen for Thy voice, 
Lest my footsteps stray; 
I will follow and rejoice 
All the rugged way. 
(“ ‘Feed my sheep,’ ” Poems, p. 14)

I’d had many proofs of God’s goodness and care, and I knew we could rely on God for a way out of this dangerous situation.

After a while, we heard voices that sounded like they were about a mile away. We yelled for help repeatedly, and finally received a response from someone who said they were coming. As this back-and-forth yelling continued, I also signaled with my cellphone light, and eventually we were thrilled to see three young men emerge from the thickest part of the brush. They brought water, flashlights, and food, all of which were welcome. They took us by the hand and led us to the parking lot. Needless to say, we were grateful beyond words. 

They were camping, celebrating a birthday, and it appeared they were the last people left in the park. When we apologized for ruining the birthday party, they said it was a fun adventure. They seemed truly happy that they had been able to rescue us. One of the young men said there had been a sighting of a cougar in the park. We felt truly protected.

This experience deepened my trust in God. I realized that He had been with us every step of the way. Reflecting God, “the all-hearing and all-knowing Mind” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 7), we had been able to hear the voices of our rescuers. And despite being in the midst of a lively birthday celebration, they had heard us. I am deeply grateful for this proof of God’s power and presence.

Judy Myers
Lexington, Virginia, US

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