WHEN circumstances indicate the need for a major move, whether from one city to another or from one job to another, the joyful anticipation that we expect to feel at the prospect of some new dimension added to our lives may--because we don't know what our new circumstances will really be like--become tinged with uncertainty. How can we be sure that the move will lead to increased happiness and security? Does it sound foolish to say that what we hope to accomplish by the move-- an increased sense of fulfillment and security--is accomplished, even before we begin the process of moving? It may not seem humanly wise to claim the accomplishment of something we haven't even begun. And yet as we strive to understand our place, our role, in God's creation, that apparently foolish claim can dissolve the fear and uncertainty that may seem so legitimate. It can also bring about an unpressured schedule, a calm, safe transition, and a higher sense of fulfillment in our new place and activity.
We can begin, as the Bible does, by reminding ourselves that God finished His creation and saw that it was very good. If He finished His work, then we, in spiritual reality, are finished (perfected) too. Everything we rightly need -- every activity, relationship, and so forth--has a spiritual basis already in place, supporting us, nourishing us, expressing God's love for us. It doesn't appear to be that way to the physical senses, because they're blind to spiritual reality; but the reality of God's complete and finished creation is nonetheless here, where it has always been and where it always will be. We can learn to discern it intuitively with our spiritual senses. We can't worship God or perceive what He has created through material means. Christ Jesus instructed, ``God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.'' 1 To discern the reality of God's creation is to be guided by His presence and to be directed along safe, fruitful paths.
If God's complete creation is the reality now--and it is--then any activity based on and supported by a sincere desire to worship God in spirit and in truth brings us closer to Him and to the complete harmony with which He has endued creation. It brings us closer, because prayer that denies a hearing to the fearful testimony of the physical senses, and instead turns to and affirms the presence of God's spiritual creation, destroys enough of what blinds us to it -- uncertainty, pressure, and so forth--to let us experience a higher degree of His order.
Through such prayer we don't all at once bring to light absolute perfection, with everything in its proper place and relationship, but we do discern the divine order more clearly. We may have to go through a series of physical actions in order to accomplish our move, but what we're going through in a deeper sense is a mental action--a spiritual action of worship in obedience to the First Commandment. This makes us more aware of where and what we already are as God's offspring.
Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered and founded Christian Science, writes, ``All that God imparts moves in accord with Him, reflecting goodness and power.'' And in the next paragraph she says, ``The substance, Life, intelligence, Truth, and Love, which constitute Deity, are reflected by His creation; and when we subordinate the false testimony of the corporeal senses to the facts of Science, we shall see this true likeness and reflection everywhere.'' 2
When we move on that basis, the false sense of uncertainty and burden lifts, because we know that wherever our human journey takes us we can only arrive at a better recognition of Love's ever-present care and bounty. 1 John 4:24. 2 Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, pp. 515-516. DAILY BIBLE VERSE Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shatlt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Psalms 37: 3,4