"But God was not in the wind"

In I Kings we read how Elijah proved, before the prophets of Baal, the power and availability of Mind and then found himself fleeing for his life from Jezebel. So far had he forgotten the ever-presence of the everlasting arms that he sat down and requested for himself that he might die. But an angel came to him and gave him the strength to journey to Horeb, "the mount of God." In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 581) Mary Baker Eddy defines "angels" in part as, "The inspiration of goodness, purity, and immortality, counteracting all evil, sensuality, and mortality".

On the mount, Elijah's faith in the power of Mind was tested. First, "a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks." This was followed in turn by an earthquake and a fire. During these fearsome moments Elijah must have seemed, to the material senses, to be in deadly peril. But, strengthened as he was by the angel, he saw clearly that the Lord, the Supreme Ruler, was not in the wind, nor in the earthquake and fire, and that these material phenomena, seemingly so real, had no part in the Mind which is God.

This right thought protected Elijah and eliminated his fear, so that he emerged from the trial unharmed. Indeed, so richly had he gained from this experience that he was able to hear the "still small voice" and to commune more closely with his Maker.

August 28, 1943

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