Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Connected to Good ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Connected to Good ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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A friend and I got up at 2 a.m. and drove seven hours to the airport. When we arrived, my flight had been canceled; my friend's flight was on time. The airline booked me on another flight - a two- hour bus ride away.

Although I didn't feel as irritated or angry as some of my fellow passengers, I did start feeling that this wasn't a great day and that I might as well just try to put up with it as best I could.

But I knew that many times this approach of just trying to endure things hadn't worked for me. My mood often got worse rather than better. So I decided to pray. What I was yearning to feel at that moment was some control over my own negative thoughts and feelings.

As I listened to God, the message I received was this: Dominion and peace come from focusing on His presence and on the good He is always providing. The instruction was to turn away from the temptation to pray that things happen in a certain way, i.e., I make my connection, and instead actively look for the good at hand.

I decided to follow this direction. As I boarded the bus, I was grateful for the cleanliness and comfort. Looking out the window I smiled to myself because something clicked; it was one of those "Oh, I get it" moments. I felt genuinely happy - not because things were going my way but because I felt connected to good. And even if the good seemed outwardly small, I knew in my heart that it wasn't. It was significant and important for me to notice.

I was grateful for the beautiful sunset while waiting in the Jacksonville, Florida, airport. I was thankful that another woman decided to sleep in the gate area in the Newark airport so that I didn't feel so alone when I had to spend the night there after missing my connection. These are small things, but they made a difference. Instead of feeling separated from God's goodness and care, I felt embraced by them.

Seeing myself as always connected to God's love and care no matter what is going on also helped me shortly after I arrived home. I needed physical healing after I ate some food that was evidently too old. I had wondered whether it was smart to eat it, but went ahead anyway. …

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