May 7, 2015
Lulu was frantically pulling things out from under the bed which was strewn with overturned drawers. She stood up, wild-eyed, quickly scanning the room. “Where are they?” she screeched.
Lulu had run out of twos. She had plenty of ones and threes, and all the other numbers, but not enough twos to do her daily multiplication tables. And surely not enough twos to get her favorite latte and go grocery shopping. She thought she had a hidden stash of them in some dark corner of her room, but they simply were not to be found.
She sunk down to the floor and covered her face with her hands. What was she to do? Lulu thought perhaps she could recite her times table and just avoid those that had twos in them. Way more work than she was prepared for. Or she could call a friend and borrow some but then she’d have to return the favor, which could be tricky. Or she could go online and buy more – but she’d need twos to do that – and it would take too much time.
There just wasn’t a good solution. Maybe she should just go back to bed.
Wearily, Lulu shoved everything on the floor, climbed under the covers and pulled them over her head.
Aren’t you grateful that numbers aren’t things that can be lost or used up? Numbers are ideas and there’s no limit to how many you can have or use. You don’t have to hoard them or use them sparingly.
Interestingly, God’s creation works the same way. It’s filled with infinite ideas that are all as good as God is. Ideas like intelligence, harmony, stability, progress, health, strength, courage, delight, and so on. God’s beloved children – you and I – have access to and express these infinite ideas, infinitely! The Psalmist says, “How precious…are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand…” (139:17,18)
When things seem hard, and it would be easier to pull the covers over your head, remember that God fills all space. And just as there’s no shortage of numbers, there’s no limit to God’s goodness. It’s as available as 2, or 3, or 4.
And you can count on it!
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.