While doing some clerical work I telephoned a government official for some necessary information. He was brusque and uncooperative, giving me no hope of obtaining what I needed. As we were talking, he was suddenly called away from the telephone, and during that brief moment I overheard him say angrily, "I can't do everything at once!" A wave of compassion flooded my thought, and these words from the spiritual interpretation of the Lord's Prayer given in Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy came to mind: "And Love is reflected in love." Science and Health, p. 17 I saw and felt very clearly that in truth I was the reflection of divine Love, as was this individual.
In less time than it takes to write this, he returned to the telephone, sounding like a different person. After finding all the necessary information, he kindly remarked, "Don't hesitate to call me again if you need more help."
I had lost my enemy and found a friend. How did this change come about? Christian Science has taught me that the "enemy" is never really a person or thing but the fear that comes of believing that matter and material conditions govern life and that they can cause the human mind to be good or bad, happy or sad, undisturbed or disturbed. This fear is destroyed by the acknowledgment that life is spiritual and that the harmonious nature of Spirit, God, is reflected in His spiritual creation, man.