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From fear to freedom
A scuba diving class? In the middle of winter? I had grown up in a warm climate and lived close to the ocean, so I felt perfectly at home in the water. But it seemed rather surreal to walk through the dark, cold nights muffled up in my coat, boots, and scarf to take this class at my Midwestern college.
I found my courage and physical ability continually challenged. I had loved swimming all my life, but scuba diving felt very different. Hearing myself breathe was unsettling, and the mask, mouthpiece, air tank with straps, weight belt, and flippers gave me a feeling verging on claustrophobia.
Since my college was a school for Christian Scientists, my friends and I approached this course with prayer. In past difficult experiences, I’d learned to trust in this powerful statement from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy: “Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need” (p. 494).
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