Last year my sister and I had the opportunity to spend a few days in a game reserve in South Africa. It was a wonderful experience.
My sister was taking photos on her iPhone and I was using my camera. On our last trip out, at our half-way stop my sister realised that her phone was missing.
The tracks were very bumpy so at some point her phone must have bounced out of her pocket and fallen onto the road. We thought back to the last time she remembered using it; she had taken pictures of buffaloes about 20 minutes back.
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Our guide offered to return to the buffaloes in the hope of finding it. Seven passengers watched on all sides as we slowly retraced our steps.
At first my sister seemed quite subdued. Apart from her photos, the phone contained her work contacts and valued information.
My sister and I were brought up in a Christian Science family and it was natural for us to turn to God in prayer when situations like this occurred.
I knew she was praying. In my prayer I claimed that God, who I know as infinite Mind, knew all things and that nothing could be lost to infinite Mind.
At first I found it difficult to get over the disappointment for my sister. But then I realised that this was not about a phone or about my sister; it was about what I trusted.
Did I really believe that God was good and that we were safe in His care? Did I really believe that God was the only Mind, the only power? Did I really believe that God was love?
I have had so many healings and demonstrations of these truths that I absolutely had to say, Yes! I do believe! As I came to this realisation all sense of unrest left me and I felt totally comfortable in His love and care.
At the same time my sister said, "It's only a phone, you know. I can easily get another one", and she seemed relaxed and happy again.
But it was getting dark and it was time to head for home. We turned around and as we did the young man at the front of the vehicle called out for the driver to stop. He jumped out and picked up the phone.
This was the very spot on the track where I had decided to trust and where my sister, through her prayers, had been released from all sense of loss. We had actually driven over the phone but there was not a mark on it.
Situations like this teach me that it is safe to trust in God's love. I am reminded of Jesus' statement: You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free (John 8: 32). The truth is that God is love (1 John 4:8). This is a law that can be relied upon.
To learn more about practical, effective prayer, visit the Christian Science Centre (above Wollongong PO) shop 10, 110 Crown St or visit christianscience.com.