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.

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