A message from Mom I'll never forget

Wake up to the way God sees you.

I Had Been Facing a debilitating physical problem for several months. One day my mother and I were eating lunch and observing the birds coming in to feed on the deck. A well-known Bible verse came to mind: "As birds flying, so will the Lord of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it" (Isa. 31:5). I was sitting there thinking how freely the little birds came and went—how completely free they were from fear, anxiety, or doubt. For several years I had fed them faithfully, so they knew there would always be food for them in our feeder, regardless of the weather. Then I was reminded of these Bible verses: "Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. . . . Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows" (Matt. 10:29, 31).

I remember asking my mother how God could possibly have let this situation happen to me. What had I done to deserve it? She quoted from Science and Health: "When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought" (p. 495). I responded, "Well, I believe in my heart of hearts this is an illusion, but how come everyone else sees the same illusion about me that I'm seeing? How can that be?!"

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