Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Do You Know Your Course?

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Do You Know Your Course?

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Not long ago I was talking with one of my daughter's teachers after a school program, and she poured out her troubles - her elderly father had broken his hip, a colleague's sister had just passed away, and another colleague was ill. By the time she finished, she was in tears. I spoke kindly to her, hoping to comfort her, just as others have treated me tenderly when I've been distressed.

From time to time, each of us reaches out for comfort in some area of our lives. Maybe we need a better relationship with our spouse or children, or the job environment isn't ideal. Perhaps we don't have a job and desperately need one. Maybe we have so much to do that we feel overwhelmed.

When something like this happens to me, I take solace in these questions from Mary Baker Eddy's book "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures": "When the ocean is stirred by a storm, then the clouds lower, the wind shrieks through the tightened shrouds, and the waves lift themselves into mountains. We ask the helmsman: 'Do you know your course? Can you steer safely amid the storm?' " (p. 67). Why is this so comforting to me? Because I can answer that while I don't know the course, God does.

Looking to God for guidance, comfort, and solace in the midst of our storms isn't ignoring the problems. It's actually facing them, armed with a love and power that are far beyond a human sense of things. As the Bible declares, "Be still, and know that I am God" (Ps. 46:10). And when I surrender to His will, I'm able to be still and listen to His divine pointing.

Admittedly, finding time to get still in the midst of a mental storm may seem difficult, but it's actually the only reliable way out of the storm. The stillness reveals that God is speaking to us, pointing the way to health and safety. Comforting us.

A couple of years ago, I was canoeing down a river in Washington State. …

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