Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Divine Moment at the DMV ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Divine Moment at the DMV ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life

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Mention the Department of Motor Vehicles in my home state, and most people groan. Renewing your driver's license or registering your car can take hours of waiting in lines. While my recent trip to the DMV was no exception, I discovered something even more satisfying than getting through the line.

When I arrived, I saw dutiful citizens sitting in cold, hard chairs waiting for their numbers to be called. Judging from the automated voice announcing the number being served, at least 15 people were ahead of me.

When my number finally came up, the woman behind the counter greeted me with a look of boredom and promptly excused herself to make a phone call. She reached for her cellphone and moved into another work station across the office.

Is she talking with a friend, I wondered. Does she have a kid in trouble, a sick parent? As moments turned into minutes and she didn't return, my perplexity (why did she need to make a phone call right now?) turned into impatience (how unprofessional - I could teach the DMV a thing or two about customer service).

Then, while leaning on the counter in that sterile room, hearing the drone of numbers mechanically announced overhead, I felt an inner nudge.

That morning before heading for the DMV, I'd read sacred writings and meditated on God's love, a habit I'm cultivating. Two of my favorite books -- the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy's "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" - help me to see God as loving intelligence and how to be in tune with divine caring guidance.

"Science and Health" states: "All that really exists is the divine Mind and its idea, and in this Mind the entire being is found harmonious and eternal. The straight and narrow way is to see and acknowledge this fact, yield to this power, and follow the leadings of truth" (p. 151).

Standing at the DMV counter, I realized that I had a choice. …

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