Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

An Impossible Task?

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

An Impossible Task?

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AS I paced along the shoreline, the crashing waves seemed to echo my early morning thoughts. "How will I get everything sold? What will I do if things don't sell?" I was trying to close out a house we had sold. I had come from quite a distance, and had only four days to accomplish the task before returning to my family.

Gently came the thought, "You came to walk the beach to pray, not to worry. So pray!" With this reminder, I silenced the mental clamoring and was obedient to the Psalmist's admonition in the Bible: "Be still, and know that I am God" (46:10). With the mental stillness came a deep spiritual assurance of God's presence, wisdom, and love. I felt His omnipotence and knew that the task I faced was completely governed by God's law of harmony. There also came an instruction to listen for and respond to creative ideas that would show me how to proceed.

I returned to the house and by four that afternoon, with what felt like no effort at all, I had sold virtually everything of value. This relatively minor experience illustrates the divine law that applies to any task before us, from raising children to making wise business decisions or running a government.

Whether we feel personally confident of a course of action or utterly confused, our need is always to let God direct our way, to let His will prevail. This, however, requires silencing all human planning, maneuvering, listing of pros and cons, willful wishing, and fearful fretting. Only when thoughts based on personal opinion and ego are stilled can we truly listen for the God-impelled directions we need to hear. They may be very different from any of the alternatives or outlining the human mind has concocted, but they will always be accurate and effective.

In Proverbs we read: "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. …

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