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Trusting God one day at a time

From the January 14, 2019 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel


When we look to God, divine Love, for the answers to our needs, we find them supplied as reliably and completely as those of a newborn baby cared for by a loving parent. It can be easy to think our supply comes through personal abilities and burdensome labor. But when we surrender ourselves completely to Love’s care, we see Love’s provision everywhere, even in unexpected places.

Consider, for example, when the disciple Peter came to Christ Jesus regarding money to pay taxes. Jesus told him to go and cast a hook into the sea, and he would find what was needed in the mouth of the first fish he caught (see Matthew 17:24–27). Peter was an experienced fisherman, and he had probably seen inside many fish without finding any coins. But although the Bible account doesn’t give further details, it seems likely that Peter would have trusted Jesus’ inspiration and instruction, which to human reason would have seemed impractical. 

Years ago, my husband felt inspired to relocate to another state so he could begin a new career. It was a thrilling proposition, and I welcomed the move. I had learned about a woman who made her living renovating houses, and I thought I would like to do the same. So, instead of interviewing for jobs in our soon-to-be new city, I began working on plans to start my own business.

My husband quickly made the move across the country, while I stayed behind to sell our house. It began as a joyous time, as I readied the house for sale and plotted my new business. But weeks turned into months, and I realized that all my plotting was just creating more fear. I felt I didn’t know enough. And our house was not selling.

I didn’t need to know what was going to happen next year, or next month, or even next week—only today.

Since I was commuting on a train several hours each day to my banking job, I had plenty of time to pray. Still, I wasn’t trusting that I would have all the answers as I needed them. My husband had no guaranteed income in his new career, and all I had was a desire to start my own business. 

Mary Baker Eddy writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “Desire is prayer; and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires, that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds” (p. 1). The turning point in trusting God came on what began as an ordinary work day. I was on the morning train and was figuratively on my knees in prayer. As I closed my eyes and reached out to God, I asked, “What do I need to know?” The answer came to me as if a voice had spoken: “Pray the Lord’s Prayer.” I pushed back, thinking I knew the Lord’s Prayer very well and was looking for fresh inspiration. Again, the command came to pray the Lord’s Prayer. This time I was obedient and slowly began to pray the Lord’s Prayer.

When I got to the line, “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11), I knew I had my answer. I only needed to work out my salvation one day at a time. I didn’t need to know what was going to happen next year, or next month, or even next week—only today. That was enough. I felt safe in God’s care and protection. The fear dissolved. I was free to move forward, trusting God to show me what I needed to know when I needed to know it.

It was no surprise to return home that evening to a message from the real estate agent with an offer on our house. The transaction happened quickly, and within a few short weeks I joined my husband and began a business of renovating houses—a business that has spanned the past three decades.

When we look to God, the source of all good, we feel the harmony that is all-encompassing and guarantees our supply.

During those years, and hundreds of transactions, I have read and reread the essay titled “Angels” in Mrs. Eddy’s book Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, in which she wrote: “God gives you His spiritual ideas, and in turn, they give you daily supplies. Never ask for to-morrow: it is enough that divine Love is an ever-present help; and if you wait, never doubting, you will have all you need every moment” (p. 307). When we look to God, the source of all good, we feel the harmony that is all-encompassing and guarantees our supply.

Daily, we have opportunities to practice greater trust in God. These opportunities might come disguised as lack of money, housing, health, or relationships. And while there might seem to be hundreds of human arguments as to why lack is inevitable, our real need is to turn away from these objections and toward the solution, which we find in God. As we lift thought to God and trust in Him, we find that He is constantly giving us the ideas we need in order to realize happiness, security, and supply. We discover God to be the source of all good and find that all our needs are met.

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