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Safe during an electrical storm
When I travel, there’s something I don’t want to leave home without, and that’s the knowledge of my inseparable relationship to our Father-Mother, God.
The Psalmist said: “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me” (Psalms 139:7–10).
And Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, wisely wrote: “… God is our Shepherd. He guards, guides, feeds, and folds the sheep of His pasture; and their ears are attuned to His call” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, pp. 150–151).
Years ago, I was traveling alone across the US by car. I seemed to be in “the uttermost parts of the sea”—a “sea” of mile upon mile of waving wheat in the Midwestern plains. Suddenly, a fierce electrical storm came up. On that flat prairie, it looked and felt like daggers of fire were being hurled at me, and there appeared to be no way to avoid them.
I put myself in the care of “the angels of His presence.”
Just before I left, a close friend had given me a card to open for each day of the trip. Each card was numbered and dated and contained a verse from the Bible, the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, or a hymn to guide me for that day. This helped me be prepared to face this frightening scene with prayer. The verse my friend had tucked into the card for that morning was, “He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways” (Psalms 91:11).
I knew that I would remain safe in proportion to my trust in God. I saw that trusting God to guide me was putting myself under His charge. In the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy writes, “The footsteps of thought, rising above material standpoints, are slow, and portend a long night to the traveller; but the angels of His presence—the spiritual intuitions that tell us when ‘the night is far spent, the day is at hand’—are our guardians in the gloom” (p. 174). So as I continued to drive through the gloom of the storm, I gave my trust to these gentle guardians. I put myself in the care of “the angels of His presence.”
At one point, the car was struck by lightning and seemed to momentarily lurch into the air. And yet I felt safe, knowing, as the Psalmist sang, that God’s “right hand shall hold me.” The storm still raged and the lightning was just as fierce, so I wasn’t going to pull over or get out of the car. A driver behind me saw my car get hit, and pulled up into the lane beside me. He mouthed to me to see if I was OK. I assured him that I was fine. I was able to continue on my way and, later, I noticed only a small singe mark on the car. My safety as a spiritual child of God was never in question because man is always lovingly held in the harmony of divine Mind.
We all face storms of various kinds at some point in our lives. No matter what kind of storm it is, or where we are, with assurance that we can never be outside the presence of God’s gentle care, we can put fear aside and act confidently. And when storms rage of a different kind—financial, interpersonal, or mental turmoil—the Psalmist assures us that “even there shall thy hand lead me and thy right hand shall hold me.”