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If it’s summer, it must be time to go to Colorado! Every year my family visited the picturesque mountain town where my mom grew up, enjoying the beautiful scenery and the largest mineral hot springs pool in the world. It was so much fun . . . until I became a teenager.
One summer during high school, I decided I would rather spend the week at my grandmother’s house near our home. My best friend and I planned to go to the local swimming pool every day, where we were sure we would have more fun than my younger siblings would be having in Colorado.
I made this decision at the last minute—the evening before my family was supposed to leave. But as it got later and later, I began to feel conflicted, so I went to talk with my mom. She said the decision was mine but suggested I pray about it, as I’d learned to in Christian Science Sunday School. In the past, when I hadn’t known what to do, praying had always brought a feeling that God was guiding and taking care of me. And the path had always become clear. Why not this time, too?
I began to feel conflicted.
Mom also encouraged me to call Jamie, the Christian Science practitioner our family had often called for prayer when we’d faced other problems. I loved Jamie and thought that was an excellent idea. Secretly, I hoped Jamie would tell me what to do.
But that wasn’t what happened. On the contrary, Jamie encouraged me to turn to the Bible for my answer. What? Me, alone—get out my Bible, open it at random, and read God’s message to me? I had never done that before, so the idea made me a little nervous.
It was almost 10 p.m. when I sat down on my bed, Bible in hand, head bowed, and eyes closed. I remembered what Mary Baker Eddy wrote in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures about who God is. Then I prayed, saying, “I know You are ‘the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, and eternal’ (p. 587). And I am Your child. I want to do only what is right in Your eyes. I trust You to show me what I need to know, because You are my loving Father-Mother.” Then I let the Bible fall open and read these words: “Let me pass through thy land: I will go along by the high way, I will neither turn unto the right hand nor to the left” (Deuteronomy 2:27).
The answer couldn’t have been clearer.
The answer couldn’t have been clearer: Go to Colorado with my family. And you know what? Because the answer came with such a feeling of love and clarity, I didn’t even feel disappointed about letting go of the week swimming with my best friend. With tears of gratitude, I ran down the stairs to the kitchen to show Mom my answer from God.
I had a wonderful time in Colorado with my family. Better than I could have imagined. And when I returned home, I learned it had been cold and rainy all week. I really hadn’t missed out on anything!
This experience brought home for me how good God is. And how, when we ask for God’s guidance, we can feel confident that the answer He gives will always bring the biggest blessing.