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Secure in God’s care

From the January 5, 2015 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

Can we ever be outside of our Father-Mother’s active love? What about when our world feels as though it’s in upheaval? Is prayer practical enough to protect us in the face of “natural disasters”?

When we turn to the Bible, we find that there is a basis for feeling secure in God’s active, eternal care for us, His loved children. In First Kings, we read about the prophet Elijah, who went out into the wilderness. He witnessed great winds, an earthquake, and a fire. The Bible states that God was not part of any of these events. When all of these forces had passed by, it was then that Elijah heard a “still small voice” (19:12). And he heeded this voice, receiving direction on what God-ordained actions he should take.

But was this sense of calm and this “still small voice” for only Elijah to experience? Is consecrated, humble communion with God not very practical for us today?

In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy writes: “The ‘still, small voice’ of scientific thought reaches over continent and ocean to the globe’s remotest bound. The inaudible voice of Truth is, to the human mind, ‘as when a lion roareth.’ It is heard in the desert and in dark places of fear” (p. 559). The Christ, Truth—that still, small voice—is eternal, as present now as in ancient times.

Elsewhere in Science and Health, we read: “The effects of Christian Science are not so much seen as felt. It is the ‘still, small voice’ of Truth uttering itself. We are either turning away from this utterance, or we are listening to it and going up higher” (p. 323). As we are receptive to the Christ, Truth, we grow in our understanding of God and His allness, which leads to healing and protection increasingly made manifest in our lives.

Many years ago, I had an experience which proved that protection is a natural manifestation of God’s control, which we can see more and more in our lives as we turn our thought to God.

A tremendous wind blew for almost 24 hours straight. Awakened when it forcefully came in the night and feeling concerned, I felt impelled to pray. I needed a higher understanding of God, which would help me feel His tender presence, even amidst the harsh winds. I knew that divine Love is always protecting me—and all of His children—and was comforted by these lines from the Christian Science Hymnal:

The storm may roar without me,
   My heart may low be laid;
But God is round about me,
   And can I be dismayed?
      (Anna L. Waring, No. 148)

I also pondered the spiritual definition of the biblical term wind, as given in Science and Health. The first part reads, “That which indicates the might of omnipotence and the movements of God’s spiritual government, encompassing all things” (p. 597).

Seeing things in this spiritual light was an entirely different way to look at them! There was no need to acquiesce to fear and feelings of helplessness, to believe I was subject to a “force of nature” with power to harm God’s children. In Proverbs, we read, “Who hath gathered the wind in his fists?” The answer comes in the next verse: “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him” (30:4, 5). As Elijah saw, destructive elements are not part of God or His kingdom. God is in full control of His creation, so what appeared to be a destructive force of nature—raging winds—could never touch His children, who are forever spiritual and safe.

I knew that this understanding would bring protection. For the rest of that night and throughout the next day, I prayed to be filled with peace and to understand, to spiritually feel, that God can and does protect us, or encompass us, wherever we might need to go.

The Christ, Truth—that still, small voice—is eternal, as present now as in ancient times.

My work the next day required me to travel quite a distance by car. The winds were still very strong when I arrived home after my first task, and I prayerfully considered whether I should go early to my next assignment—which was right down the street—or stay at my house for a while. I felt strongly impelled to leave immediately, and I did. When I arrived at the customer’s house a few minutes later, she mentioned that several large trees had just blown over. I quietly reaffirmed that God is all-powerful and that as His loved spiritual ideas, we can never be outside His care. I thanked Him for this constant care and felt calm and secure in His presence, despite the buffeting winds. I then finished my assignment and left.

Returning home, I found that a huge pine tree had snapped in half and fallen onto my driveway right in the spot where my car had been parked earlier. The tree had downed a power line, but otherwise it had done no damage. If I hadn’t left when I did, my car would have been crushed.

Looking back, I understand that it had been the presence of the Christ guiding and protecting me when I’d felt led to leave early with my car that afternoon, and comforting me throughout the night when the strength of the winds had concerned me.

We are never outside the scope of our Father-Mother’s, Love’s, ever-present care. As we understand this truth more and more and keep our thought receptive to the Christ, the still, small voice, we will increasingly see protection and harmony in our lives.

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