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The complete plan for you

From the August 21, 1978 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

There are many things we plan for: travel, moving house, retirement. Human beings are reassured by a sense of structure— by definable plans that are established for their protection and well-being. Some of our projects for the future go better than others.

We do a better job of planning when we understand that there is a divine plan that relates to all of us always. It's already operating for the benefit of each of us, embracing us all. It is Spirit's "plan" for its own allness, a plan already consummated. When we apprehend this, our plans are less mortal and speculative, more sound and inspired.

What kind of plan is God's plan?

Well, the divine scheme of things does not involve God—Principle, or all-intelligence—moving mortal personalities around on the chessboard of a material world. It does not provide for more intelligence, inspiration, substance, for some individuals than others. It is the plan of universal God, loving man who is born of God.

John, referring to Jesus the Christ, wrote, "As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."  John 1:12, 13; And Mary Baker Eddy comments on this passage: "The Apostle indicates no personal plan of a personal Jehovah, partial and finite; but the possibility of all finding their place in God's great love, the eternal heritage of the Elohim, His sons and daughters. The text is a metaphysical statement of existence as Principle and idea, wherein man and his Maker are inseparable and eternal." Miscellaneous Writings, p. 182; That infinite God and man remain inseparable is the core of the divine plan.

Because the divine plan for us is comprehensive, impartial, and total, its applicability is as diverse as are human needs. It can be applied by anyone, across the whole board of human experience and in all eras. It relates to the individual and, by implication, to mankind collectively.

In God's scheme, providing infinite substance to constitute and sustain man, all are included. Your demonstration of divine substance blesses me and everyone. And mine, you. "In the scientific relation of God to man," Mrs. Eddy points out, "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."  Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 206;

Moses had a highly developed spiritual sense of "the scientific relation of God to man." It was more acute and insightful than anyone else's in his time. This made him an extraordinary spiritual leader. It made him the giver of laws—the Ten Commandments—that have endured right into the modern age.

Moses saw God as the one Ego, the great I Am. See Ex. 3:14; To the extent that Moses and the children of Israel allied themselves with the great I Am they prospered, they proved the efficacy of working from the divine plan and living by it. Though they wandered, the glimpse Moses had had of the divine nature and order was compelling. It brought them back on the track, and finally led them to the Promised Land. On the way there, Moses' sense of the divine Ego resulted in demonstrations of God's power that are luminous peaks in the history of the Old Testament. Conventional physics might call them miracles—or mirages. But metaphysics shows all were in accord with the divine plan.

The way for us today to define and apply divine law is the same as it always was: we must lose a sense of the mortal ego in a realization of the immortal Ego, God. This reveals God's plan of salvation. It is a complete plan, being the way to salvation from sickness, sin, decay, anxiety, alienation, wars, and even the darkness of death. "Individuals, as nations, unite harmoniously on the basis of justice, and this is accomplished when self is lost in Love—or God's own plan of salvation,"  The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 283. Mrs. Eddy writes.

How do we identify the divine plan and enjoy its benefits? Through prayer, prayer that acknowledges the omniscience of God. Not prayer to change human conditions but prayer that realizes spiritual being. Not prayer that our plans come to fulfillment but prayer that affirms the authority of the divine plan. Prayer that denies the claims of evil on a spiritually scientific basis.

If animal magnetism (a Christian metaphysical term for evil) were an entity and if it were intelligent, it might well plan for us sickness, limitation, mortality, despair. But animal magnetism is only a claimant to identity and being. It is a mindless nothing and, at best, could only map out its own demise.

God's plan for infinite goodness is total, full, irresistible, undeniable. Admitting it, even though only in part, we find that our planning—our whole life—goes much better.

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