Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Let God Lead the Way

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Let God Lead the Way

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Sometimes the answer to a particular problem - whether it's a need to heal a physical ailment, a family or work situation, or even a national or international issue - doesn't come from following our mental "map" of how we think things should work out.

An experience I had when a friend and I were lost taught me a good lesson about this. We had made a reservation with a campground for a visit to upstate New York. Despite having a map to the campground, we couldn't find it, and we couldn't phone them. The campground had to be there! But it wasn't.

With only one hour to go before it closed, I pulled over to pray for God's direction. I knew from experience and many examples in the Bible that, divine Love, God, cares for each of us, because in spiritual fact, we are His children. For example, by listening to God, Moses was able to guide thousands of people across a wilderness to the Promised Land. They faced many dangers, but each time God guided them. Even when they made mistakes, God was still a present help and met their needs for food and water as well as safety.

It is clear, too, that Christ Jesus relied on God for every detail of his ministry. Those who followed Christ - during Jesus' career and after - also found God's help to be ever-present.

Having relied on prayer for many years, I felt this same care and guidance was there for my friend and me - and for all who turn to God in prayer. No matter where we are or who we are, His help is at hand, if we are willing to listen. As the Psalmist declared, "Thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me" (Psalms 31:3).

These thoughts from the Bible were strengthened by what I had learned from my study of Christian Science, which teaches that God is infinite Mind. In her textbook on Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy writes: "The 'divine ear' is not an auditory nerve. …

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