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God's guiding presence

A Christian Science perspective on daily life.

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Two travelers in New Mexico set out in high spirits one sunny morning to visit the remote ruins and sites of the Anasazi Indians dating from AD 900-1100.

After an inspiring day of immersing themselves in the history and sacred culture of this early civilization, they prepared to leave. What lay before them in Chaco Canyon was the 19-mile-long unpaved road that led back to the main highway.

They'd been warned about driving that stretch in wet weather, which can come on without warning. The road is wide, but it's almost impossible to get traction when the claylike surface is moist. The cloudless sky had erased any concerns they might have momentarily entertained, however. It wasn't until late afternoon as they pulled away from the parking lot that the clouds suddenly multiplied and turned gray. Big drops of rain began splashing off their modest-sized sedan.

They exited the parking lot onto the wide, unpaved stretch leading to the main highway, confident that they would reach the paved road before it rained enough to affect the packed surface adversely. How wrong they were! The car zigzagged back and forth. The driver struggled to hold it from slipping off the edge of the road. Her efforts only moved the vehicle closer to the edge. Braking was ineffective.

As she tells the story, she immediately declared, "God is here, and we cannot be separated from Him." She and her friend knew that God is Mind, another name for the one divine intelligence that is with us always, and they both called on Mind to direct them. She said she felt so close to God at that moment of need, she could reach out to touch Him, and that whatever she did next would be directed by Him.

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