Certain developments, both within and outside of church, had been troubling me because their long-term effects seemed unpredictable. But, thanks to the “From this issue” corner inside the front cover of the May 27 Sentinel, I was pointed to “Standing still” on p. 23. This beautifully written editorial was just what I needed to restore my sense of trust and peace. It reminded me that equivalents to “Pharaoh’s chariots” represent a claim to power that’s doomed to failure without effect, since God’s the only genuine power and cause. 

These two sentences were particularly helpful: “Moses’ words were an earnest prayer. And a prayer is something that is done, not just said.” I’d never thought of Moses’ encouragement to “stand still” as a prayer. Yet, by inference, it affirms divine control and denies legitimacy to fear while it stimulates trust in God’s constant care. The second sentence reminds me of a place in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, where Mary Baker Eddy says, “We must look where we would walk, and we must act as possessing all power from Him in whom we have our being” (p. 264).

Dumping fear and trusting in God’s protection was the action the Israelites had to take. Actively trusting God to demonstrate His infinite goodness is what this editorial helped me see I need to do more consistently. Not just “dropping it in God’s lap” and turning away, but understanding and reflecting God’s confidence in His complete control of all that is, thereby making fear nonsensical. Getting upset has never solved a thing. I’m really looking forward to expressing my God-given “stillness” in noisy, discordant situations!

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A diet you can stick to
July 1, 2013

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