February 16, 2015
She was tired and fell into an uneasy sleep. Tossing and turning, she awoke with a start and realized she was late. With no time to go over her equations or review her math book, Lulu flew out the door.
The drive-thru at her favorite espresso stand was jammed so she parked, ran inside, and got in line. She could hear the cashier three customers ahead of her: “that will be $5. Out of $20. $5’s your change.”
Next customer: “that will be $5. Out of $5. $20’s your change.”
Now it was her turn: “that will be $5. Out of $10. You owe me $5.” “Wait a minute,” Lulu said, “you owe me $5.” “That’s not what it says here,” the cashier said. “The register generates the numbers, I just collect the cash. Next.”
Pulling out of the driveway, she puzzled over this odd occurrence. She accelerated – or tried to – but the car sputtered and died. Out of gas. She had just filled up, and should be getting at least 25 miles per gallon. But this was more like 1/2 mile per tank. What?
The auto-club driver gave her 5 gallons to make it to the gas station. He told her it was $2.50 per gallon. She owed him $1000. “That’s too many zeros,” she said. “Pay, or walk,” he said.
She walked into work perplexed. Lulu’s co-worker was nodding her head at some numbers on the board. She read them aloud, “7,4,1,9,6,3,2,8,4. They’re in perfect order, but I have this 10 left over… ” Lulu rolled her eyes and said under her breath, “there is no math.”
There was a sharp ringing sound – Lulu’s alarm clock. Oh, thank goodness, it was only a dream. Lulu made sure she reviewed her equations before she got out of bed: 0 x 0 = 0, 1 x 0 = 0 all the way up to 12 x 12 = 144. Then she spent time reading in her math book. She certainly wasn’t going to be the cause of the collapse of math today, no sirree.
Aren’t you grateful that’s not the way it really works?
Lulu is no more responsible for the operation of the laws of math than you or I are. Nor could not having time to review those laws, in any way impinge upon their usefulness or activity.
On the contrary, the laws of mathematics are consistent and demonstrable regardless of who knows them or uses them – or doesn’t know them or doesn’t use them.
The laws of God are the same way. They are consistently universal and impartial in their operation and availability. Nothing you do – or don’t do – effects any aspect of their eternal action.
Jesus raised the dead, fed the multitudes, healed the sick, and walked on the water, all through the ever present laws of God. He included everyone in their operation when he said, “Our Father which art in heaven…” (Matt 6:9) And then he promised those laws would always operate (John 14:12).
Today, take as much time as you need to affirm your own place in God’s universe. Let your prayers embrace God’s allness and your relationship with Him; the unchanging power of good and your expression of it. But remember that your prayers don’t design your day – only God can do that. Your prayers reveal your day, the reliably harmonious day of God’s creating. Just like math and numbers never change regardless of our attention to them – or lack thereof. And that’s not a dream.
This is part 2 of the Lulu saga. To see part 1, click here:
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.