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When Love designates the way

From the December 1994 issue of The Christian Science Journal

"Father, I was so sure
You'd designated the way
I must take to go forward—
and now there's a terrible snake blocking my path.
Please show me some other way."
But the response (horrifying to me) came insistently:
Go forward, reach out and take it by the tail.

Then suddenly it dawned on me
that when He gave
what to fear-stricken thought
seemed an impossible command,
He'd also given me the courage to obey;
and reaching out beyond human helplessness,
I put all my desperate trust in Him
and took one forward step.

Immediately I felt the power of God's love
control my outstretched hand.
Wonderingly I found I'd grasped
not a snake's tail
but a newborn consciousness of dominion—
Love's infinite dominion expressed in me.
I glimpsed the way forward:
an unfolding sequence of divine possibility.

The Father disciplines His own;
my true need was not for an easy way
round a fabulous snake,
but for spiritual courage
to challenge and break the illusion
that mortal circumstance has power
to block Love's will and purpose for its child.

A broken illusion has no backlash;
there's hope and heart's ease in going forward
when Love designates the way.

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