God is where we are

Originally appeared on spirituality.com

Several years ago when one of my children, a teenager at the time, went on a wilderness experience in the mountains with a group from summer camp, I learned a big lesson about a tiny little word.

Initially, the Wizard of Oz mindset: “Lions and tigers and bears, Oh my!” had a hold on me and I worried about all kinds of dangers. So I prayed to understand the always-present, benevolent power of God and the impossibility that any of God’s children could venture beyond Him. I recalled many Bible stories that brought comfort: Jesus stilling the waves, Daniel experiencing safety in the lions’ den, Elisha making the poisoned pottage safe to eat, and so on. And I remembered courage-inspiring thoughts from Mary Baker Eddy’s writings and the Christian Science Hymnal.

I reassured myself by praying to see that God never created a material world full of dangers and evil. Everything God made is spiritual and good, including my child and the place where my child is. My child can never be separated from God. So I declared vehemently, “God is right there in that place!”

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