Drought is not beyond our control

During drought conditions in the southwestern United States, town councils arrange for cloud seeding. Indian tribes powwow and perform rain dances. People meet and pray for rain. The pillars of these organizations tote their umbrellas along. Drought is the topic until rain finally comes.

But even then, nobody doubts that drought will return. It always has.

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Recent sun studies centered in the Midwest correlate with research on tree rings to show that drought runs in cycles. It is hoped that forecasts based upon these studies can alert people to prepare. But forecasts can't supply water. And the billions of dollars already spent on water conservation have not kept reservoirs full in time of drought.

Can anything improve average rainfalls, raise water tables, and protect people, livestock, and crops from drought?

"What cannot God do?" Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 135; says the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy. But if God can stop drought, why hasn't He? Is it wrong for those of us who live in arid areas to hope and pray for adequate rainfall?

Mrs. Eddy answers a similarly posed question relating to the recovery of the sick this way: "Not if we pray Scripturally, with the understanding that God has given all things to those who love Him; but pleading with infinite Love to love us, or to restore health and harmony, and then to admit that it has been lost under His government, is the prayer of doubt and mortal belief that is unavailing in divine Science." Miscellaneous Writings, p. 59;

To believe that man lacks anything, when God created man in His likeness, is to misunderstand both God and man. The supposition that life begins materially at the behest of human will, grows awhile if it gets enough water, propagates itself, and then dies, is a baldfaced denial of real Life—and far from the basis of true prayer. God is Life. So the spiritual sense of real life, which emanates directly and incessantly from Him, remains inseparable from its spiritual source and sustenance.

God's creation, including Godlike man, derives directly from and depends solely upon the divine Mind. Could perfect Mind tolerate an insufficiency? Could it allow an inequity or permit the lack that is implied by the concept of drought? Mind's complete and imperishable creation develops and thrives in the ideal atmosphere of unchanging, all-inclusive Love, which is drought-free and flood-free—in fact, rain-free—an atmosphere of spiritual ideas.

Mrs. Eddy explains: "In God's creation ideas became productive, obedient to Mind. There was no rain and 'not a man to till the ground.' Mind, instead of matter, being the producer, Life was self-sustained." Science and Health, p. 544;

Being self-sustained, divine Life remains indestructible. It forever nourishes. It has no untoward or inclement climate, no unstable or unproductive region. Deity's offspring are never fragile, fruitless, or blighted. They freely unfold.

In divine reality—the only true state of being—there is no matter, no material, mortal mentality to usurp the creative, preserving province of God. He perfectly creates and unerringly governs all. Therefore there can be no material condition to forbid the action of God, or good, in our lives, and no material or mortal mind to mesmerize us into believing such opposition to good.

Mortals, of course, need rain. But they give their own consent to climate. They agree on what they consider normal and judge everything according to their own illusive standards. They believe that normalcy depends upon factors beyond their control, and so subject themselves to their environs of limited thought, instead of exercising their God-given dominion. Mortals expect recurrent drought in much the same way that they expect an occasional epidemic of sickness.

But no evil is necessary or inevitable. Mortal beliefs can be changed and destroyed. Mortal consent does not in fact constitute a kingdom separate from God. That which people call mortal existence is not material but mesmeric and illusive in nature. It is a supposititious, false sense. It only claims to have a method to manufacture moisture—and mortals.

Christian Science, following the Bible, exposes the falsity of this fable. Christian Science practice reinstates in human life the present realities of man's original reflected dominion.

Scripturally based prayer, as taught in Christian Science, spiritually awakens us to understand more each moment what we really are and how God constantly sustains us. In direct ratio to our spiritual understanding, we can demonstrate that we always have whatever we need.

Partaking of spiritual understanding in prayer, we drink of that Christ, Truth, which Christian Science explains and which Christ Jesus exemplified and taught. He said, "Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4:14;

Water is a natural symbol of the cleansing, clarifying, Christly elements that baptize and renew us spiritually as we pray. These pure, refreshing divine qualities and ideas actually inhere in each spiritual identity, because each expresses divine Life. They are therefore ever-present substance to us when we utilize our spiritual senses to perceive them and claim them as our own.

The substance of the ideas supplies the symbol of the ideas—meeting the human need—until the symbol is outgrown. This fact can defeat drought. Thirsting after Christ, Truth, we grow to realize that God provides and preserves whatever is needed in human life until the fleshly sense is outgrown. Through this understanding we experience fulfillment of the scriptural prophecy: "When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water." Isa. 41: 17, 18.

As we cease believing in any possible reality in evil cause or effect—because we understand in some degree that God, good, is All-in-all—sufficient water or other resources will be made manifest exactly where they are needed. The mesmerism of drought will dissipate until it disappears.

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July 14, 1980

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