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My friend and I were camping with her family in the desert, and we were having the best time. During the day, we got to ride dirt bikes around a dry lake bed. At night, we slept in a small motor home. Everything felt so new and different and fun!
One night, though, I woke up because the motor home was rattling. Actually, it wasn’t just rattling. It was rattling and shaking, because the wind outside was blowing so hard. It didn’t feel sturdy at all like my house back home. I was afraid it might blow over—with us inside!
When a storm comes or the wind howls or we feel scared about something, is there anything we can do? Usually, when I was scared, I would run to my mom and she would pray with me. Sometimes we would sing one of Mary Baker Eddy’s hymns, which I’d learned from attending the Christian Science Sunday School. But my mom wasn’t there. I couldn’t run to her for help.
Then I remembered another idea I’d learned in Sunday School. The Bible says that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalms 46:1 ). So I knew there was something I could do. Instead of listening to the fearful thoughts, I could listen to God. I could pray, and God would help me.
I had learned the Lord’s Prayer and its spiritual interpretation from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. So I started by praying with that. When I got to the line in the prayer that says, “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven,” and has the spiritual interpretation, “Enable us to know,—as in heaven, so on earth,—God is omnipotent, supreme” (p. 17 ), I stopped and thought about what that meant.
I realized that God was the only supreme power everywhere, all the time. This meant He was governing everything. He even had the wind “in His hands” (Christian Science Hymnal, Hymns 430–603, No. 492).
With that thought, I immediately knew that the wind couldn’t possibly harm me or the motor home or my friend and her family, because we were all wrapped in God’s loving protection. His love was the power, not something scary or destructive.
I felt so comforted. All the fear left me and I went to sleep peacefully for the rest of the night. And in the morning, my friend and I went right back to having fun.
Even when things seem scary, we are never alone or helpless. Our Father-Mother God is always with us—caring for us and protecting us. And we can turn to our divine Father-Mother and hear God’s tender assurance: “You’re safe.”
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