Enough employment and provision for everyone
I gazed at the wide horizon of the Atlantic Ocean, praying about the high unemployment rate caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many individuals were losing jobs, homes, and businesses and facing financial ruin. Predictions were suggesting that because of social injustice, Black, Latino, and Indigenous populations would likely have an especially tough road to recovery. As a Black woman, I’ve both overcome barriers and prayed for others who are facing barriers of their own. Reliance on God has always been my rock.
Watching the water, I saw that the wind was pushing heavy waves with numerous seagulls floating on top. The birds bobbed in the water with ease and continued looking for food even after the waves broke on shore. A couple of people came up carrying bags of grain. The seagulls flew up with eager squawks. Unafraid, some ate from the people’s hands.
As I watched this scene, I recalled the Bible story of Jesus, the master Christian, feeding five thousand people with five barley loaves and two small fish (see John 6:5–13). This gave me confidence that there is truly enough employment and supply for everyone. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science and author of the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, was a sincere follower of Jesus. She wrote in her Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896: “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. What a glorious inheritance is given to us through the understanding of omnipresent Love! More we cannot ask: more we do not want: more we cannot have. This sweet assurance is the ‘Peace, be still’ to all human fears, to suffering of every sort” (p. 307).
According to the teachings of Christian Science, when we put God first in our lives, we are shown how to avail ourselves of God’s blessings. This Science assures us that in God’s universe there is enough rewarding work for everyone, regardless of their circumstances. And one important requirement that Christ Jesus repeated over and over again to those seeking his help was “Be not afraid.”
Mastering fear may not be easy to do when you’re out of a job, your last paycheck or unemployment check is in sight, and you don’t have enough money to pay bills or put food on the table. Fear tempts us to believe that there is a power other than God and that we are in competition with others for our livelihood. It also suggests that racial and gender favoritism can derail us.
Yet Jesus knew that regardless of the problem, whoever trusts in omnipotent God, divine Love, need not fear, because Love never fails us. To divine Love, there can never be insufficient opportunity, and Love can never lack the ability to supply humanity’s need for purposeful work. To divine Mind, God, everything is always all right, right now! Glimpsing this spiritual fact can enable us to provide for our families. Jesus’ life helps us to see that if we seek right thinking and right doing, whatever the need is, it will be met.
Right thinking and right doing bring about security. Right—spiritual—thinking enables us to recognize God’s goodness and power in every situation. Right doing is relying on this spiritual truth to prove God’s goodness and power in our daily lives. To break the mesmeric picture of inequality, we can pray to recognize and understand that God, Love, opens the door to opportunities and progress for everyone.
When I completed business college and was seeking employment in my field, there were no jobs available to me. For months, all of my interviews and rejection letters ended with “We are looking for someone with experience.” But the Christian Science magazines I’d found out about and begun reading a few years before this had consistently been speaking to me of a loving Father-Mother God who sees no racial barriers or other obstacles. So, considering these ideas, I persisted and was offered a four-month, temporary office job for the federal government that ended up continuing for about a year.
Right—spiritual—thinking enables us to recognize God’s goodness and power.
At this job, I met a student of Christian Science who introduced my family to midweek testimony meetings, Sunday services, and Sunday School at a Church of Christ, Scientist, in our segregated neighborhood. When I informed her that the job was ending in two weeks, she sensed my fear and gave me this Bible verse to comfort me: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” (Isaiah 41:10). This was illuminating to me. Several days before the job ended, I secured another temporary job. After several months, the human resources manager there learned that I had passed the federal civil service examination for the professional office worker several years earlier; I was hired as a permanent professional in my field.
The divine laws of good are constant, reliable, and stable. The divine law of attraction appropriately matches abilities and opportunities, to the satisfaction of all involved. God is available to us all, regardless of statistical reports. Christianly scientific prayer reverses difficulties stemming from race, gender, age, faith tradition, ancestry, customs, or national origin. The Apostle Paul wrote, “I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened: but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality” (II Corinthians 8:13, 14).
Today, with rapidly evolving technology, businesses are adjusting to new ways of operating. And some people are proving that their skills are transferable to other areas of work. Some are becoming caregivers to family and friends, and still others are discovering new talents and establishing new goals. God individually classifies each of us, His children, according to His plan of perpetual activity. In The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, Mrs. Eddy explains, “My faith in God and in His followers rests in the fact that He is infinite good, and that He gives His followers opportunity to use their hidden virtues, to put into practice the power which lies concealed in the calm and which storms awaken to vigor and to victory” (p. 204).
One key factor when seeking employment is to establish in your thoughts the spiritually scientific fact that God is your employer and that you are already employed. Even when it appears that you are unemployed, your real employment is to express the qualities of Father-Mother God in everything you do. Scientifically speaking, God’s employment of you is really the only employment you ever have—even when you are feeling secure in a satisfying job.
When I was recruiting employees for a company, I learned a lot about an effective interview. When you are invited to interview, virtually or otherwise, take with you the firm conviction that you are already employed by God, divine Love. Your pure motives will shine through. Make the interview a part of doing your real job. You can pray to establish a calm discernment regarding what is being communicated. Go with the thought that you are God’s, divine Mind’s, reflection, and therefore express resourcefulness, integrity, intelligence, originality, thoughtfulness, precision, creativity, and joy. God is Love, so you express the gracious love that identifies you as Love’s intelligent idea.
Fear, ignorance, and sin—every enemy to employment and supply—must retreat before our understanding of God as Truth, Life, and Love. The fact is that no condition exists that can frustrate God’s changeless, omni-active laws. Whatever the need is, we can defeat the evil beliefs that would block the flow of inspiration and fulfillment that God provides to employ and supply us.
No matter where you have come from, no matter what surrounds you, no matter what you have or have not, you need not fear. Only good is conclusive and final. We each can learn to be prophets, “spiritual seers” (see Science and Health, p. 593), as we begin looking at every circumstance in the light of spiritual sense, where good is always supreme. Praying and trusting divine Love to amply supply everyone, we’ll find that our very reason for being is to glorify God, infinite good.