At breakfast recently, a couple came and sat at the table next to ours. They reviewed their menus, placed their order, and then the husband picked up his smartphone while his wife sat patiently watching him. After a few minutes she gently tapped him on the arm and said, “don’t forget that I’m here.” He looked up sheepishly, put the phone down, squeezed her hand, and they proceeded to chat happily about their plans for the day.
This is not a post about smartphones.
This is a post about God.
So often we get so involved in the details of our lives: our problems, our needs, our issues, our agendas, our aches and pains, and yes, our social media, that we forget that God is right here, right with us, ready to help. We work so hard to try to figure it out ourselves, to fix it ourselves. Yet divine Love, another name for God, has the perfect solution right at hand.
Worry, anxiety, stress – all names for fear – dissolve when we turn our troubles over to God. Doing so makes even the good times more free, more happy.
Prayer that starts by affirming God’s ever present Love lifts troubled thought above the dismay. There, new possibilities for solutions and progress present themselves naturally as inspired ideas, spiritual nudges, and healing. Your receptivity is guaranteed when you refuse to be bullied by concern.
Personal issues, like your health, finances, or relationships, or more global issues, like politics, climate, or terrorism, all respond positively when you see them through Love’s eyes. God has the broadest view possible of His beloved creation, and He sees only good, as the first chapter of Genesis explains in verse 31 (God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good). When we take on this higher and holier view as our own – seeing God’s creation as entirely good – fear’s grasp upon us is loosened. Conditions which seemed dire are transformed and healing occurs.
Jesus restored health and life to countless individuals in just this way. Many of those instances are recorded in the Gospels. When he turned to his heavenly Father in full trust, and full acknowledgement of God’s loving omnipotence, sin, sickness, and even death simply disappeared. He explained, “I can of mine own self do nothing…because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” (John 5:30) He knew that it was always God’s will to do good.
This same understanding of the ever ready power and influence of God is available today. All we have to do is look up from our problems into the saving truth of divine Love. There, we are shielded from harm, saved from sin, healed of sickness, and moved forward into joy and satisfaction.
That’s actually a pretty good description of the kingdom of heaven, which Jesus said is right here (Matt 10:7) Which means that we don’t have to wait for all those blessings, we just have to see them more clearly than we see fear. Fear can’t change or diminish good, but it does seem to hide it when we’re preoccupied by it. But God is always reminding us, “don’t forget that I’m here.”
Don’t forget that Love is here.
Don’t forget that good is here.
You don’t have to be afraid.
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.