Come into the ark

A glorious sight is a rainbow against dark, receding storm clouds that have passed overhead, leaving fields, animals, and people refreshed on hot midsummer days. First the storm, and then the bow, spanning the sky, a vast, richly colored are. What a sense of grandeur! I love rainbows for their beauty, and because they remind me of the Biblical story of Noah—and of his victory over adversity.

Most of us don't have to go through an experience as severe as Noah's, but nevertheless we yearn for security. This is true of a friend of mine. At a cost of much time and money, he is building a new house. Like his first one, put up after he returned from being a World War II prisoner of war, this home includes a fallout shelter. He is sure that either in his time or his children's, there will be an atomic holocaust, and he wants to be ready. Other people, fearing financial, emotional, physical, or other dangers, hedge themselves about in other ways. But do they always find the safety they so earnestly seek?

We learn in Christian Science that true safety is not to be found in reliance on matter, or in material superstructures or materially based considerations. Even the ark Noah built was not in itself a means of safety. Surely Noah must have understood to some extent that God is all-powerful and good, and that he could expect to see good manifested in his experiences.

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Destroying the tyranny of time
July 16, 1984

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