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Concerns resolved through putting God first
I had just moved overseas when I learned that my husband of 16 years was intimately involved with someone else, had rung up sizable debts, and had developed issues with alcohol. As I shared this with a friend who is also a Christian Scientist, she began to talk about my relationship to God.
As a lifelong Christian Scientist, I thought I had pretty much always prioritized my relationship to God. But I’ll admit that this relationship wasn’t the one that was uppermost in my thought right then. As I talked with my loving friend, however, I realized I could think more deeply about what it meant to put my relationship to God first in my life.
I started studying and praying from a completely different basis than before. Mary Baker Eddy writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “When we come to have more faith in the truth of being than we have in error, more faith in Spirit than in matter, more faith in living than in dying, more faith in God than in man, then no material suppositions can prevent us from healing the sick and destroying error” (p. 368).
Over the next two years, I worked to put more faith in God. One afternoon I attended a Christian Science lecture. Afterward, I spoke with the lecturer, who was also a Christian Science teacher, someone who is certified to give Christian Science class instruction. This conversation opened my thought to seriously considering taking class instruction, and shortly after that, I enrolled.
By this time, it had become clear that my marriage needed to be dissolved. But both my housing and my overseas work visa were linked to being married. Additionally, my job overseas was scheduled to end soon, and my husband and I still had unresolved financial issues.
Still, I put all this commotion aside to go back to the United States to take class instruction. My employer generously gave me the time off so this could happen. I knew putting God first was really my focus in taking class instruction, so I could trust that my life and well-being were secure in God’s hands.
Before I left for the US, I had begun looking for employment, and by the end of this approximately two-week class, I had been offered an excellent new job in the US. The job not only covered my relocation expenses but also provided me with a car. My practical needs were met beyond my imagination. The marriage was soon dissolved harmoniously, and my ex-husband and I remain friends to this day. The financial problems were resolved, and I was even able to buy my own home in my new city. Shortly thereafter, I met a wonderful man whom I subsequently married, and I became a stepmother.
I’ve found that putting my relationship to God first is vital to every aspect of my life, and I am so grateful to continue listening to and following the divine inspiration to do so.
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