June 16, 2012
Sometimes it seems that once you miss an opportunity it’s just gone – and then you inevitably suffer the consequences of having missed it. But what if that’s not the way it has to be? Mary Baker Eddy has this take on the issue: “…to all mankind and in every hour, divine Love supplies all good. The miracle of grace is no miracle to Love.” (see page 494 of Science and Health) And Jesus said “lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” (see Matthew 28:20)
Taken together, these two sayings indicate that there is a different viewpoint that can lift the whole conversation about opportunity into a spiritual realm, a realm not governed by chance but by God. The God I know, the God taught in Christian Science, is not arbitrary, nor does He withhold good from one while pouring it forth to another. God blesses one and all, all the time, no matter what, no matter when.
Our job, then, as those looking to take advantage of an opportunity – or at least hoping for one, is to expect God’s goodness to be available when we need it. I’m not talking wishful thinking here, but the heartfelt recognition of real provision, real care. God’s Love is genuine and ever present, just as He is.
It’s a matter of looking away from circumstances or people or the planets as the purveyor of opportunity, to God, good alone. And then expecting that shift in thought to bear fruit. This last point is important. Expect that trusting God is an effective means of self-direction. You won’t be disappointed.
Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link. If you like what you’re reading, click the “add me” button.