Her desk was right in the middle of that noisy office. It was her first job. She felt self-conscious. And afraid.Afraid that she would never be able to concentrate in the midst of all that confusion. Afraid of failure. Afraid even of her fellow workers.
It had always been her custom to turn to God for help in solving any problem. So she prayerfully reached out: "Father, what is it that I need to know?" Her answer came in the words of the Bible promise: "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee." n1 Nothing here about controlling outside noises. But a great deal about controlling one's own thingking -- one's reaction to the noise.
n1 Isaiah 26:3
Obediently, the young woman began to prayerfully affirm spiritual truths of God and man she had learned over the years from her study of Christian Science. She prayed for an increasing recognition and acceptance of the truth that God is the only Mind; that man has no Mind but God; that as the perfect reflection of the one perfect Mind, man is fearless, undisturbable, forever at peace.
She understood that the spiritual truths she was declaring could be proved humanly because human experience reflects thought and one can always choose his own thoughts. If one clings to the belief that he has a personal mind apart from God, capable of being disturbed and harassed by conditions beyond his control, he may indeed experience these conditions. But one can always choose the thought from God that will "keep him in perfect peace," regardless of what the outward circumstances are.
She remembered that Mary Baker Eddy n2 writes: "To the burdened and weary, Jesus saith: 'Come unto me.' O glorious hope! there remaineth a rest for the righteous, a rest in Christ, a peace in Love. The thought of it stills complaint; the heaving surf of life's troubled sea foams itself away, and underneath is a deep-settled calm." n3
n2 Mrs. Eddy is the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science;
n3 Message to the Mother Church for 1902,m p. 19.
The young woman was healed. The office noises ceased to bother her. She made many friends. And within a year she had her own private office.
Perhaps you may be thinking that this could have happened anyway -- whether she had prayed over it or not. And you would be right. People do adjust to all kinds of noise at their place of business. They often reach a point where they don't even hear the noises. People do get promotions and are moved to private offices -- even if they haven't prayed about it. But there's a little more to tell.
Shortly after the young woman had begun to pray about the noise problem, various ones in the office began to say to her: "I love to stop by your desk and chat for a few minutes. It's so restfull here! There is such a sense of peace." Not just one, but many made such comments. Then, before too long, they gave her desk a name. They called it "the quiet little corner." Now that could not have "just happened"!
Peace that constantly emanates from the thought stayed on God blesses all that come into its presence, whether or not they are aware of the source of the peace.
Mankind desperately need this peace. And it can come. The thoughts of people everywhere can turn so persistently to God that the noisy thinking of fear and violence will be heard less and less.
It might even happen that our planet could become known throughout the universe as that "quiet little corner"! DAILY BIBLE VERSE When he giveth quiet ness, who then can make trouble? Job 34:29