Recently during a stay at a beach resort I saw a sign saying, “It is turtle season again, so please close the blinds at sundown.” Of course, I complied. I knew the reason was that the sea turtle chicks are led by light on their way to the surf. Their journey has to be swift in order to avoid prey. Other lights at night could misdirect them. Since one nest may easily have 100 hatchlings, it can be a chaotic scene.
I knew there was a lesson in this for me. I asked myself, What could misdirect me from learning about God’s love and experiencing peace? Immediately a few ideas came to mind: fear, lack, limitation, and human will—all of which lead us away from the light of Truth. Prayer that closes the lips and enables us to take time to listen to God’s direction leads us safely on. As inspired thought changes fear to understanding, a sense of lack to abundance, limitation to freedom, and human will to trust in God’s love, we know we’re on the right path. The first verse of a hymn in the Christian Science Hymnal begins, “From sense to Soul my pathway lies before me” (Violet Hay, No. 64). It ends, “I have found the way.”
As the sea turtle follows the light to the surf, I too will follow the path that leads to God. There is no greater journey.