Heavenly calm during the storms in Mexico
A Christian Science perspective.
This past week we’ve had days of unceasing and constant rain here in Mexico, due to two hurricanes and severe storms.Skip to next paragraph
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The concerns about disaster’s ill effects and harm to people loomed large. However, I knew I could find God’s relief and answer, right here, so I hung on more than ever to prayer.
I prayed knowing that the best response was to trust in God completely. I knew that staying calm, recognizing that we are all under His care and guidance, was far more productive than letting myself be carried away by concern and fear regarding the disastrous consequences that might result in my community and neighboring states.
The Bible verse, “Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?” came to mind (Luke 12:6). The Bible’s promises help me, as nothing else can, to stay calm and to have the assurance that divine Love is guiding my thoughts and that everything is in His hands, in omnipresent good, and that all of us can experience it. Our well-being doesn’t depend on me or on human circumstances.
As I prayed in this way I was freed from the thoughts of concern that unknowingly had begun pushing me into a vicious circle of fear, insisting that human life goes through cycles of well-being, and then of crisis and destruction. I realized that to think in that way never helps us find solutions, but sinks us even more into the problem.
This passage from “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” was comforting to me. Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science, writes, “Pilgrim on earth, thy home is heaven; stranger, thou art the guest of God” (p. 254). I feel that statement affirms two other promises from the Bible: “We have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (II Corinthians 5:1), and “In him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28). I felt such a relief and sense of deliverance in divine Love for me and everyone around me.
Tuesday morning, one of my neighbors told me that her grandchildren were stranded in the city of Acapulco. Due to the flooding they, and many other tourists, were unable to get out. This time, instead of feeling concerned by the circumstances, I was able to share with her the ideas and passages I’d been praying with. As a result, there was a spirit of cooperation and mutual help for our families. That evening, I found out that authorities had found a way to begin evacuating the people stranded in Acapulco, and the next day the children arrived home safely.