A man, troubled and in despair over a problem, entered a Christian Science Reading Room. He looked about in astonishment and said, "How long have you been here?" On hearing the reply "Many years" he said, "But I walk down this street every day, and I have never noticed you before." He had felt impelled to enter.
The facade of another Reading Room was covered in scaffolding while alterations were being made. A woman, perplexed over a situation, paused on the other side of the street, wondering what to do. She told the librarian on walking through the door, "It was as though the words 'Christian Science' were illuminated as I looked across the street."
What impelled the action of these two strangers? In spite of the obscuring elements of material sense, they were touched by a power apart from physical evidence—the ever-present Christ within consciousness, awakening them to their spiritual need. Neither of them had been in a Reading Room before, but each had reached a point of extremity and was yearning for help. Their eyes were opened.