Living and praying through these unsettled times

I’d like to share a few ideas I’ve been thinking about in these unsettled times. Trying to find the end of this tangled ball of string appears a pretty impossible task. People are asking “when will we be out of these restrictions, stop wearing masks and get back to living as we knew it”. We’re hearing that life won’t ever be the same again. We seem to be lost in a wilderness, not knowing where to find the exit door. So praying one day I looked up Mary Baker Eddy’s definition of “Wilderness” in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. where she writes: “Loneliness, doubt and darkness.” But in the second part, the word “vestibule’ hit me. I quote: “Spontaneity of thought and idea; the vestibule in which a material sense of things disappears and spiritual sense unfolds the great facts of existence.” A dictionary defines ‘vestibule’ as “a passage hall or room between the outer door and the interior of a building.” Isn’t this where society thinks it is, stuck between two places. But is this the whole picture? Isn’t this a place where we are actually in transition? What we need to do, is to keep our focus on the GOOD things going on in this ‘vestibule’ and this will not only show us the way out, but more importantly “unfold the great facts of existence.” People are finding spontaneous ways to be creative which are bursting out in their homes, gardens and in the performing arts. Many businesses are discovering new ways to operate successfully. Families are valuing more quality time when they’re together. People are pecking open their shells of long-worn habits and stepping out with new horizons. These are good things going on, which we need to recognise. I smiled as I read this verse today in II Peter which sums it up. “an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” We just need to see the abundance in this vestibule, where the clearly signed entrance door onward will lead us to even more abundance as we keep magnifying the good that is all around us.

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