“Don’t go there!” a friend once lovingly but firmly told me when I was about to turn a conversation in an unhelpful, unproductive direction. I feel there is a spiritual lesson in that reminder. I’ve often found that the best outcomes occur when we turn our thought toward God, as I experienced many years ago when I was on a rigorous trip in Switzerland, co-leading a group of English Girl Guides.
We were renting a centuries-old chalet on a mountain, and one day we walked down the steep mountain path to meet a bus that would take us to a little town, from which we were to hike to a beautiful lake. As we journeyed on the bus, the driver made a right-angle turn and abruptly slammed on the brakes to avoid a motorcycle that was coming right at us at a high speed. I was thrown from my front seat down the stairs of the bus, injuring my leg.
The other leader helped me back to my seat, where I briefly lost consciousness. My companion knew I was a Christian Scientist, and she respected my desire to pray quietly when I awoke a few minutes later. I felt assured of God’s healing presence as I prayed, and was comforted by silently singing poems by Mary Baker Eddy in the Christian Science Hymnal.
When we reached the town, my co-leader bandaged my leg. I felt dizzy and shaken by the experience, my leg was quite painful, and I had absolutely no appetite as the group ate lunch, so I stayed in town while the other leader led the girls on the hike. I wanted to call a Christian Science practitioner for prayerful support but was unable to reach one, so I sat on a bench in town and began to pray on my own.
My first prayer was one of gratitude. For instance, I was grateful for the driver’s quick thinking and acting, which had prevented a crash with the motorcycle. I appreciated the loving concern of my co-leader. I felt thankful that none of the girls had been hurt.
Then a light dawned in my thought. This human gratitude was not enough! It was based on the false premise that an accident had happened, which was taking my thought in the wrong direction—there can never be an accident in Mind, God.
In the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mrs. Eddy says, “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” (p. 424). I turned without reservation to God and acknowledged that as Mind’s reflection and loved child, I can never be susceptible to the material belief of accident, but am forever whole and perfect.
As I gained this clear understanding of the law of harmony, the dizziness, feeling of being shaken, and pain in my leg immediately and completely left. I ran to the bus, which had remained in town, and retrieved and ate my lunch.
When the girls and my co-leader returned from their hike, I was able to move freely during the trek back up the rugged mountain path to the chalet. There, I happily assumed my duties as quartermaster in organizing the dinner preparations. Within a day or two, all signs of injury had completely disappeared from my leg. I had a wonderful time during the rest of the trip.
Mrs. Eddy writes: “God is the fountain of light, and He illumines one’s way when one is obedient. The disobedient make their moves before God makes His, or make them too late to follow Him. Be sure that God directs your way; then, hasten to follow under every circumstance” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 117). How comforting to know that as we point our thought in the right direction, divine Mind leads the way!
Joyce E. Dronsfield
Laguna Hills, California, US
Fear thou not; … for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee.
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