Safe during a hurricane
While vacationing on an island, my sister and nieces and I began hearing weather reports alerting us that a hurricane, originally expected much later that week, had intensified and was fast approaching landfall. The island was under a severe weather warning; the wind had intensified, and the waves were threatening. Our airline called, reporting that our flight had been moved up in an attempt to get travelers out safely ahead of the storm.
At first I was anxious, but then I remembered the copy of The Christian Science Journal I’d grabbed from my mailbox as I was leaving home.
I found a quiet place where I could read and opened randomly to an article titled “That ‘still small voice’ of God: Too small to speak to extreme weather?” by Don Griffith (September 2009). How grateful I was for this specific spiritual message that exactly met the immediate threat! The author wrote with wonderful clarity about our ability to speak with authority to any destructive condition and annul it with God’s ever-present law of harmony. I especially appreciated this idea: “Knowing, and holding to the fact that weather, spiritually discerned, is the creation of God, Mind, is an effective, practical antidote for untoward conditions.”
A calm, quiet trust in God’s all-power enveloped me.
In prayer, I put what I’d read into action and listened for that “still small voice” (I Kings 19:12) of God, divine Love. Many inspiring thoughts began coming to me. One was from the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “The calm and exalted thought or spiritual apprehension is at peace” (Mary Baker Eddy, p. 506). This alerted me to examine what I was holding in my thought. Was it fear, apprehension, confusion? Or was it the serenity, confidence, and clarity that are of God? I earnestly claimed my divine right to the same peace of mind that Christ Jesus expressed. As I did, a calm, quiet trust in God’s all-power enveloped me. I was undisturbed on the same spiritual basis that Jesus declared in such statements as “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30), and “The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works” (John 14:10).
The subject of that week’s Bible Lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly was “Mind,” which is understood in Christian Science to be a name for God. Mind is the origin of all good and true thoughts—for all humanity. This fact helped me be clearer in my understanding that any agitated, fearful thinking about me or anyone else who seemed threatened had to be illegitimate, and I didn’t need to believe it.
The words of a well-loved hymn also came to thought: “In atmosphere of Love divine, / We live, and move, and breathe” (H., Christian Science Hymnal, No. 144, adapt. © CSBD). I understood that the atmosphere of Love is calm and delightful.
I’d been so engrossed in prayer that I had become unaware of the commotion that had been going on. When I looked up a short time later, the whitecaps on the sea were gone, and the wind had died down. All was calm.
When I looked up a short time later, the whitecaps on the sea were gone, and the wind had died down. All was calm.
Soon we boarded our flight, and all was serene and sunny as we lifted off. The flight home was the most tranquil I’ve ever experienced. Though the hurricane passed close to the island, there was little damage there or anywhere else on the eastern seaboard as the storm wound its way up the coast.
What had brought the peace I’d found even before the change in the physical conditions? As I’d prayed, God’s power to calm and silence fear of destructive weather had become so clear that it stilled my thought; the storm no longer frightened me, and I was able to pray effectively for everyone’s safety. I’d recognized God’s power to keep us safe in the face of destructive weather and even to calm and silence destructive weather itself. While I claim no personal credit for the dramatic atmospheric change, I’ve consistently found that when that still, small voice eliminates our fears, this contributes to the overall ascendancy of calm over chaos. I gave God the glory for the shift in my thought, which revealed evidence of the God-bestowed harmony that is always present.
No matter what storm we may face—be it atmospheric, political, societal, or economic—we can take heart in understanding the completely peaceful, beneficial nature of God and see this realized in our experience. This understanding gives us power over all untoward conditions. True consciousness is the divine Mind and is calm, blissful, wise, and inspired. As we embrace this truth, we find that our world progressively expresses this Mind, reflected by each one of us and manifested as the kingdom of heaven—the reign of harmony—on earth.•