A spiritual outlook found us a home
This article was published on December 24, 2020 as a web original.
Have you ever considered love to be something that can meet your needs? The Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, wrote, “Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 494 ).
When I first encountered this sentence as a child, I mistakenly thought it meant that God, divine Love, knew I needed some physical item and would provide it. What I came to understand is that we actually already include everything we need. This is because we each reflect God, Spirit, who includes all—we are God’s “image,” as Genesis 1 puts it (see verses 26 and 27 )—and so are completely spiritual. As I continue to explore and ponder this, I have found with each new adventure that my everyday needs are met fully and tangibly.
Early on, when I was a single parent, my children and I would move as I found new employment. With each new move, it would be necessary for me to ask divine Love what I truly needed and to expand my understanding of what home truly is. Through my experience with past moves, I had embraced the idea that home is a spiritual idea and is present wherever I am. On several occasions, praying this way led me to just the right place. However, at one particular time, the circumstances were particularly challenging: In less than ten days, my four children and I needed a home, and I had no job and no job prospects. For several weeks I had been looking at a number of places to live, but the answer was always the same: It appeared I was a financial risk. How could I afford anything for my four children without employment?
In praying about this situation, I remembered how God responded to Moses when the Hebrew leader exhibited doubt, fear, and even unwillingness to follow through with finding a new land for the children of Israel. God said, “Certainly I will be with thee” (Exodus 3:12 ). I took this comforting promise to heart and knew that I, too, could rely on divine Love being right there for me and my family. As I studied this Bible story further, I felt touched by Moses’ words to the Israelites when the Egyptian army was coming after them. Moses said, “Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to-day” (Exodus 14:13 ). What a beautiful sense of expectation he must have had to say that! What that meant to me was that I should be mentally still and listen for God’s direction, with an expectation that divine Love would meet our needs—that God was present right there, right then, and that I would see a wonderful outcome.
As a student of Christian Science who had prayed through many challenges over the years, I knew God would not abandon me and my children—or any of His children—and that I could trust Love to lead me in the right direction. I was on my mental knees though, holding fear at bay, asking how I could let go of fear and desperation and know that “with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37 ).
In my prayer, it dawned on me that I needed to view this house search as an opportunity to see more spiritually and more completely that a place was, in fact, already prepared for us, just as this Bible verse says: “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2 ).
So, my children and I talked about what we needed in a home. While it started out with things like a large kitchen and a play space, we asked each other what we needed spiritually, from divine Love, to move forward. More than a physical play space, we wanted the ability to express creativity, ingenuity, and originality; more than a large kitchen, we wanted to express unity, harmony, and generosity toward others. For each need, we thought of other spiritual qualities that come from God: intelligence, joy, and peace. Armed with these spiritual ideas, the children went in search of our next home.
As it turned out, they found one that met absolutely all of our needs, but the story was the same: too many children, and the parent, me, had no job lined up.
Now, the movers were coming the next morning at 8:00 to pack up our furniture, and there was no place to take our belongings. At 3:00 in the afternoon the day before that, my phone rang. It was the owner of the last house we had looked at. He explained that he’d had a contract with a real estate agent to rent the house, and that the agent had strongly advised against renting to me. However, the owner had decided to break the contract and offer the home to us. With great relief and gratitude, I inquired what had made him change his mind. He replied that he had overheard the children talking about the spiritual qualities needed for home. He’d never considered these ideas before and knew from what he heard the children say that we would be reliable, responsible, and appreciative tenants.
Later that evening I received a second phone call. It was an individual I had interviewed with many months earlier. They had been busy up until that moment, but were now calling to offer me a job, and could I start the next day? I joyfully accepted!
This experience has been a beacon for me and solid proof that divine Love truly does meet every need. When I share this story with others, I often remark that I don’t recommend waiting for the eleventh hour for answers to come, but that we can know with conviction that answers are at hand. As we daily and hourly endeavor to seek out spiritual truth and are willing to “wait on the Lord” (Psalms 27:14 ), those answers become apparent to us in just the right way and at the right time. If we live each day with a view to better understanding God, divine Truth and Love, and our relation to Him, healing happens, problems are resolved, and our needs are met.