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Symptoms of physical overexertion overcome

From the July 2023 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Originally published in Spanish

Following a long journey from my home in Montevideo, I arrived in the Lunarejo Valley, in the northern part of Uruguay, with a group of fellow hikers. I was looking forward to being able to participate in a hike with them the following day in this scenic part of the country. However, going through the mountain range with its ravines, its ups and downs over stones and roads, presented a challenge for me. 

At each stage of the journey I felt enthusiastic and ready to acknowledge the presence of the one creator, the one supreme God, who was showing us the beauty and harmony of His creation with every step we took. But as the hike progressed, it became clear that a certain level of physical fitness and effort were required, and I began experiencing symptoms of overexertion, such as shortness of breath. 

I started praying, but accusatory thoughts began to intrude, arguing that I was out of shape and wouldn’t be able to finish the hike. My prayers, filled with spiritual truths, enabled me to feel God’s—divine Love’s—support and care. By affirming that I lived and breathed in the atmosphere of divine Love—and only Love—and that the divine energy of Spirit, God, was all I needed, I was able to reach the end of the hike, discover incredible scenery, and dive into the crystal-clear waters of a lagoon, under a beautiful March sun. I was overwhelmed with gratitude to God as I enjoyed the beauty of our surroundings.

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