The invisible hand that guides us
I watched my 11 month old daughter concentrate on the curtains as they came out of the windows, seeming to move of their own accord. She smiled with delight at the invisible draft of air which created an effect of invisible power. Watching him, I saw his innocence and thought about how this might apply more deeply to an embrace of divine Truth as it applies to healing.
Often we see the world through the lens of material observation, rules and laws. However, as we trade this belief of life as matter for a truly spiritual perspective, we find an understanding based not on human knowledge or the senses but on spiritual understanding. We can each choose to view our present experience either from a material point of view or from spiritual Truth.
A statement by Mary Baker Eddy published in her “Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896” elucidates this: “A falling apple suggested to Newton more than the mere fact known to the senses, to which it seemed to fall due to its own gravity; but the first cause, or mental force, invisible in the material sense, was hidden in the treasures of science” (p. 22).
These “treasures” of science are found throughout the Bible. These are the beads that express the universal omnipresence, omnipotence, omniscience and omniaction of God, guiding and caring for each of us as a spiritual idea of God.
One of these pearls is seen when the prophet Elijah fled for his life and took refuge in a cave (see I Kings 19:2-12). There he experienced a monumental wind, an earthquake and a fire. Elijah did not find his atonement with God through these physical wonders. It was when Elijah chose to listen to the invisible “still, small voice” of God that he was guided, not by material influence, but by the undisturbed spiritual embrace that teaches us and draws us closer to God.
We all have times when we go through mental and physical turbulence. And we can all hear the still, small voice and feel the invisible presence and activity of God, divine Love, who guards and protects us as we choose to turn from matter to Spirit.
I felt Christ – God’s truth eliminating fear – when I was restoring a classic sailboat. One day, while working alone, I lost my balance and fell headfirst off the bridge, 18 feet to the concrete floor below.
Immediately as I fell, I turned to the spiritual truth that there was never a time when I was separated from Divine Love. I heard a still, small voice say, “I hold you in My arms; All is well.”
Lying on the concrete, I was tempted to take physical inventory of what could be broken and if I could move my body. But instead, I turned my mind to the spiritual truth that I was created in the image and likeness of God – upright, whole and pure. It strengthened my resolve. I understood that my true identity was a reflection of his spiritual perfection.
My thinking calmed down and I recalled part of the answer to the question “What is man?” in “Science and Health with the Key to the Scriptures” by Mrs. Eddy: “Man is not matter; it is not made up of brain, blood, bones and other material elements. The scriptures inform us that man is made in the image and likeness of God. Matter is not this resemblance. The likeness of Spirit cannot be so different from Spirit. Man is spiritual and perfect; and because it is spiritual and perfect, it must be so understood in Christian Science” (p. 475). The truth of my being was that I was now, and always had been, secure, unable to fall from grace.
This prayer calmed the fear. I got up and walked to the other end of the shed. As I reached out to open the door, I saw that the fingers of one hand were bent back and disfigured. Again, I affirmed that I was not only safe, but whole and complete. As I reached out to open the door, my fingers snapped back into proper alignment.
The protection and healing we experience in Christian Science is the result of our willingness to turn to God with true desire and see ourselves and others as wholly spiritual ideas. We each express integrity, beauty, harmony.
The invisible power of God keeps us safe in every activity. Each of us can feel the unseen power of divine Truth and Love wherever we are.
Adapted from an article published in the September 5, 2022 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.