Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Listening for God's Protecting Guidance

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Listening for God's Protecting Guidance

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I had been working all day on a project with a friend. When we got in my car to head home, I turned on the heater because it was cold outside. But within a short time, it was evident that the heater wasn't working. Since the heater had been working earlier, I was concerned that there might be a problem. I turned it off and began to pray about our safety.

As a student of the Bible, I'm familiar with the many wonderful passages, especially in Psalms, that speak of God's protection and love for each of us. This is one of my favorites: "Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me" (Psalms 139:7-10).

These ideas, along with what Christian Science has revealed about God's love for each of us, gave me confidence in God's protecting love. Given the many experiences I've had showing the effectiveness of prayer, I knew I could listen for God's guidance and heed any resulting intuition about what to do.

The car worked fine as we continued, but the windows fogged up when we got onto the highway, so I turned on the defroster. Not moments after, the engine warning light went on, and I felt led to where to quickly pull off the road. I was grateful to find that this spot was well away from the significant traffic around us.

As I called for a tow truck, I prayed even more earnestly. I continued to affirm that God was present with us and that not only would we be safe, but that I would be led to take the right steps to fix the car. My vehicle had more than 100,000 miles on it, so I was worried about how much a repair might cost. But I held fast to the idea that God, divine Love, could lead me safely forward, guiding me, and providing for us, in just the right way.

I found this familiar statement from Christian Science discoverer Mary Baker Eddy so helpful: "God gives you His spiritual ideas, and in turn, they give you daily supplies. …

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