The key to meeting human needs is understanding that true substance is spiritual and that God, divine Love, is the real source of all the good we seek. No matter what we seem to lack, we can find every need met through turning to God for a clearer understanding of His constant, tender care for us. Since God is infinite Spirit, He includes all right ideas and is always expressing His completeness in every aspect of His creation. Therefore, in reality, none of God’s children can be in want for a single moment. And it is valuable to understand this, especially when lack seems prevalent in our lives.
During the many years that I was working and married, I always knew God was taking care of me and my loved ones. There came a time, however, when I was almost destitute. My husband had disappeared, maxed out the credit cards we had in both our names, and sold a van I was making payments on. I was left emotionally drained and financially desperate. My parents were very supportive and helped me pay off one major expense. But I knew I needed to see through this illusion of lack, and I prayed earnestly for a fuller understanding of God as unlimited good.
Throughout this period, I relied on what I was learning from reading and studying the Christian Science Bible Lesson, found each week in the Christian Science Quarterly. I prayed to know what my next steps should be, and then listened to what God was inspiring me to do. That last part wasn’t always easy, because there were many bills to pay, and I was feeling impatient for a solution. However, my prayers and study were showing me clearly that the sense of lack—whether of financial means, companionship, time, or any other good thing—is a belief of limitation concerning God and His creation. I was being tempted to believe the false claim that God would allow any of His ideas to fall short of what they needed.
My prayers and study were showing me clearly that the sense of lack is a false belief about God and His creation.
A statement Mary Baker Eddy makes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures was particularly helpful: “In the scientific relation of God to man, we find that whatever blesses one blesses all, as Jesus showed with the loaves and the fishes,—Spirit, not matter, being the source of supply” (p. 206). This assured me that in reality, God’s ideas never need to compete with each other for anything, nor can anyone take what belongs to another. God blesses all impartially and without limit.
I also took to heart this statement by Mrs. Eddy in her Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896: “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).
Soon, a second job at a newspaper became available that I could do at night, providing a little extra money for day-to-day expenses. That helped me over the immediate hurdle of paying bills, but I still felt unsure how to move forward. Then I came across this passage in another of Mrs. Eddy’s books, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany: “Rest assured that He in whom dwelleth all life, health, and holiness, will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory” (p. 186). I loved the feeling conveyed by the phrase “rest assured.” It spoke to me of comfort, and calmed my turbulent thoughts.
Eventually, things worked out, and I was able to move forward by relying on God each step of the way through a divorce, a name change, a new job, and a move closer to family members. Supportive relationships, including newfound friends at church, helped me keep my thoughts inspired with God’s ideas. It was definitely a learning period, and I was so grateful to know it wasn’t up to me to find the answers!
I looked to God as a constant guide for each step I took.
Many years later, at a point when I was considering retirement, I knew I could rely on God for guidance about the best timing for this to happen. There are many inspiring examples in the Bible of God supplying needs. When Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt and they needed food, God furnished manna and quail. After sharing her last bit of food with the prophet Elijah, a poor widow found that her stores of meal and oil were immediately replenished. And, of course, there are the accounts of Jesus giving thanks to God, then feeding thousands with a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish.
I was confident that God would meet my needs, too, and that when the time was right for me to retire, I wouldn’t be deprived of anything just because I was beginning a new chapter in my life. God, not a paycheck, is the true and never-ending source of supply.
There’s a wonderful hymn by Laura Lee Randall whose second verse reads:
The Lord will hear before we call,
And every need supply;
Good things are freely given to all
Who on His word rely.
We come today to bring Him praise
Not for such gifts alone,
But for the higher, deeper ways
In which His love is shown.
(Christian Science Hymnal, No. 342, © CSBD)
This hymn promises that God will supply us with what we need even before we ask Him. And so it proved in my case. A short time after I retired, I was called back to the place I had been working. I was able to fill in for a department that needed help, and my needs were met as well. I had learned so much during the 12 years I had worked there, and I was happy to stay a bit longer. As it turned out, I went back twice over the next two years. During that time I looked to God as a constant guide for each step I took.
Finally, it felt like the right time to permanently retire. Although income from a job is no longer available, I haven’t felt any sense of lack this past year. Since my real employment has always been to glorify God, I’ve found I can do that in so many other ways! What an incredible weight was lifted off me many years ago when I was financially challenged. Through diligent prayer and trust in God, I was supplied with everything I needed at exactly the time I needed it. And that evidence of abundance continues today.
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