Perhaps one of the most challenging aspects of the coronavirus pandemic is the many questions it raises, both for today and for the future. How will it impact people we love? How will we manage financially? Will life ever be the same? The uncertainty of the present – as well as the future – makes answers elusive.
An ongoing series in The Christian Science Monitor focuses on “navigating uncertainty,” exploring topics ranging from economic change, technological change, and climate change to the future of democratic governance and human rights. The series brings out that one way of navigating uncertainty is for individuals and groups around the world to step up to shape their future and chart a path toward progress. Another way I’ve found is through a faith that grows into spiritual understanding.
At a time of great and completely unforeseen financial uncertainty in my life, I found myself seriously questioning whether I’d be able to keep my house. I felt unmoored and afraid. I had no idea what the future held, and at first, the idea that I would ever feel secure again seemed unfathomable.
In those moments of desperation, I prayed. Through many years of reading the Bible and “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science, I had learned that God is ever present and good, always there for us in times of need. And I had experienced this on many occasions before. So in that moment of extreme need, I asked God for help.
Help came through a simple but powerful idea that carried me through this difficult period. It was a statement in Science and Health: “Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need” (p. 494). This was so comforting, since the future felt like something I couldn’t even begin to navigate, much less figure out. Here was the promise that Love, another name for God, would meet my needs. But how?
As I prayed, it was very helpful to consider what God as Love does. Divine Love nurtures; Love supplies; Love restores. And because God, who is Love, is truly ever present, there can be no place where divine Love is not actively loving. And this loving nature of God defines each one of us. As God’s children, we are actually the spiritual reflection of the Divine – the very expression of God’s endless love.
My thought became so filled with a sense of the bigness, the wonderfulness, and the all-embracing nature of divine Love, that it felt completely natural to trust it. And my fear about the future gradually dissipated.
As the days and weeks went by, it was amazing how my every need was met. For every challenge, there was a solution. Often it came step by step, but at every turn, I could see evidence of God’s care, and I was able to keep my home. Above all, I continue to be content in life, which feels really blessed and satisfying. This is something I never would have imagined possible without prayer.
Divine Love is present now, giving us strength during this difficult and uncertain period. We can understandingly trust in Love’s power to take care of all of us, because Love is an actual law, which is operating universally. The forever near and dear presence of divine Love assures each one of us of the promise of good going forward.