Evidence—how do you recognize it?

Spiritual law enables us to meet human needs even when the circumstances don't seem very promising.

Being married to a salesman who works on total commission, I've faced a daily demand to get a firmer understanding of our ability to rely on God in meeting our needs. But one particular period stands out in my memory. We had just moved to a distant state, a move that we felt had been God-directed. This move had been expensive, but the new position my husband had accepted seemed a blessing—with the exception of the financial aspect of it while he worked to build contacts and a client base. Where would the money come from to pay all those bills that seemed to be arriving daily?

As I prayed about this situation, I began to think about the word manifest. Christian Scientists sometimes speak of healing or of help being manifested in their experience. But what, I asked myself, does manifest really mean? I knew that whatever is manifested or made manifest is made evident—"readily perceived," as a dictionary puts it. But how is it perceived? How do we perceive it? Just through the material senses or through God-given spiritual sense?

Up until then I had been using the word in a very material way. When explaining how healing was made manifest, my example would have been "I prayed for substance and supply, and it was manifested in a check received in the mail the next day." This was a pretty limited and material outlook because it implied that the material outcome was the manifestation of God's power.

Man, the crowning work of creation
May 29, 1989

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