Heads up in the storm


A couple of weeks ago I was so pleased to see the bright yellow blooms of some baby daffodils lifting their faces to the early spring sunshine. I had only planted these last autumn and it really made my day to see them. The stalwart crocuses which brightened the garden every spring were there once again and I could also see signs of tulips.

Move forward two weeks. Sub zero temperatures, freezing winds, blowing snow and icy roads and pavements. Where were my bright heralds of spring? One or two had their heads down or were covered in snow but for the most part they were still straight up with faces to the sky. When the cold wind blew the dry snow away even the little crocuses were still there as well. They knew spring was coming and with it the longer days. They would just stand still and wait! In the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures Mary Baker Eddy writes (page 240:2) “Arctic regions, sunny tropics, giant hills, winged winds, mighty billows, verdant vales, festive flowers, and glorious heavens, - all point to Mind, the spiritual intelligence they reflect. The floral apostles are hieroglyphs of Deity.”

What a lesson! When life is bright and cheery and everything is going well it's easy to stand up straight in the sunshine but when things get tough how tempting it can be to just bend down with discouragement, fear or impatience. This is when we need to take a stand for good. Even during the most troubling of times for us as individuals, for our family, community or country we can know that God, divine Mind, is governing every aspect of our day. We can never be separated from Mind for we are the expression or manifestation of Mind. We are protected by the allness of Mind for nothing can invade Mind’s infinity. If it seems otherwise we can take a stand in knowing that these negative thoughts have no power in the presence of God, good. And the best part is that Mind is doing the knowing. We don’t need to struggle, fear or give up. Just let God work! The words of a much loved hymn by Anna L Waring (Christian Science hymnal, number 148) read:

"The storm may roar without me,

My heart may low be laid; But God is round about me,

And can I be dismayed? "

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