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Miles and miles with God

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My mother and I are soon to depart for a cross-country trip to prepare some family property for sale. We'll be driving both ways and will be traversing some of the most desolate and barren parts of the southwest United States.

We've made the necessary arrangements to have the car in tip-top condition. But what about our safety while we're on the road? Is there a way to prepare for that before we go?

My mom and I are both lovers of the Bible and a companion book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," by Mary Baker Eddy. Their messages of reassurance, safety, and love are constant reminders of our protection in every circumstance.

Take, for example, this passage from Psalm 91: "Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone."

What a great promise that is. It tells me that as I put my faith in God's protection, I won't be disappointed, because He won't even let me stub my toe!

This powerful view of God's control of my life helped me at a time when I had to make a number of long drives in a very short period. I had been going back and forth between my home in one state and my daughter's in another, to help her make a transition, and eventually move. At one point I had a seven-hour trip back home ahead of me after a very tiring day. I didn't get away until quite late, and had to drive through the night in order to be at work the next morning.

Less than halfway through the trip, I was feeling very sleepy. Unfortunately, I didn't have the time to pull over to take a brief nap. My tight schedule wouldn't permit it.

Since I have successfully turned to God in other situations and found a solution to my problems, I knew that I could do so now, too.

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