Finding the deep peace of God
The profound peace I’d found stuck with me for weeks and took my life in new and progressive directions.
Would you like to feel more peace in your life? Despite everything reported about a world full of uncertainty, there is a spiritual universe that is peaceful, intelligently governed, stable, and filled with love, safety, and security. This universe is not a far-off place to be discovered after death, but is here and now and discernible through spiritual sense. As Christ Jesus taught, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 10:7). God’s universe of Truth and Love is found in spiritual consciousness, and is ever present for us to see, know, and experience.
When I was a young man looking for more peace in my life, I planned a day off from all worldly commitments to commune solely with God. Although managing a large farming operation with my dad, I made strict rules for myself to not get distracted that day by any demands and was committed to making the sacrifices necessary for this devoted prayer to happen.
When the day came, I studied the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, for ideas about who I am and where I was headed in my life. I researched words such as peace, calm, stillness, equanimity, faith, and trust. I sought out spiritual truths to dissolve fears dominating my attention at the time and replace them with a clearer understanding of God’s infinite love, in which everything works together for good.
By nighttime, my thought was settled, whisper quiet, buoyant, happy—heavenly.
As I proceeded, I lost track of time. The pursuit of worldly success became nothing to me, and like morning light that grows brighter as day unfolds, peace expanded and took hold, and I felt close to God. By nighttime, my thought was settled, whisper quiet, buoyant, happy—heavenly. I had not a care or worry about anything. It was glorious beyond anything I had ever known.
The profound peace I’d found stuck with me for weeks and took my life in new and progressive directions. Neighbors asked me to pray for them, which headed me toward a career as a Christian Science practitioner—the happiest job I could ever imagine. I soon found the woman I would marry. I glimpsed what it feels like to live in a universe of infinite Love, a place of utter peace that suspends time and holds hands with eternity. I had found the peace and love of God.
Since then, if I start to feel stress about personal conundrums or world events, I think back to that day and remember that it’s possible to shut down the fears and anxieties of the human mind and find profound peace by understanding the truth of God and His universe. This truth says we are not helpless mortals at the mercy of chance, disease, conflict, and chaos. We are immortal beings living eternal, spiritual lives here and now in a universe of divine Love. As the early Christian Paul wrote, “In him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28).
This universe of Love is our home, our natural resting place. It’s a place of stability, calm, love, abundance, and health. To material sense, this may sound like a fantasy. But to spiritual sense, it’s rock solid and right at hand. Christ Jesus taught us how to find it when he instructed, “When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly” (Matthew 6:6).
The closet is spiritual sense. When the material senses bombard us with disturbing reports, we can enter the closet of spiritual sense, shut the door on the din of mortal mind (a supposititious mind opposed to God, good), and feel God’s presence. The human mind may argue that this is impossible, for it contends that the testimony of the material senses must be heeded above all. But there is nothing imperative about material sense. It does not control our thinking. It is not a power to obey and fear. God’s man is governed by spiritual sense, which is ever present to guide, direct, and inspire us. Like changing television channels, we can switch off material sense and tune in to spiritual sense to find God’s peace.
Explaining the closet Jesus referred to, Science and Health says, “The closet typifies the sanctuary of Spirit, the door of which shuts out sinful sense but lets in Truth, Life, and Love” (p. 15).
The sanctuary of Spirit is God’s allness. It makes us aware of God’s omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience. It’s the one divine consciousness and includes no evil, no threat to safety, no harmful climate. There is no conflict to dread or angst to carry. In the prayer closet of Truth, God, the temporal anxieties of the human mind dissolve in God’s reality. There is only infinite Love, all-permeating goodness, and profound peace to feel, know, and experience. Consciousness of God’s allness shows that evil is not the reality it appears to be. Its claims to reality disappear in spiritual sense.
As Jesus taught, evil is a lie, and the devil is a liar, the father of all lies (see John 8:44). To spiritual sense, God is All-in-all, the only Life, Soul, Spirit, and Truth of existence. In reality, man is spiritual and lives in the allness of God, protected, supported, and sustained by infinite Love. Evil has no space to occupy in the allness of God. To spiritual sense, evil is not a threat. It’s a claim to power that has no power. It’s an error of belief that vanishes in an understanding of spiritual truth.
As we enter the closet of spiritual sense and know God’s goodness, the human comes into alignment with the divine. The temporal and illusive sensations of evil fade, and the realities of Life as God are experienced. The prayer “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” that Jesus taught us (Matthew 6:10) is fulfilled, and more of the kingdom of heaven is felt on earth. Peace takes over. Healing happens.
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee,” the prophet Isaiah wrote (Isaiah 26:3). Consciousness of God’s allness finds the peace of God. In this consciousness there is no reality, power, or presence to experience other than infinite Love and ongoing good. There is safety and health all around. There is a deep and perfect peace to enjoy.