Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Way to End Drought

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Way to End Drought

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A Christian Science perspective.

Moses was in trouble. The children of Israel were without water and in danger of literally dying of thirst (see Exodus, Chap. 17, in the Bible). They blamed Moses for leading them to a place that didn't have the resources to sustain them. It seemed that their escape from Egypt was all for naught. Even though the Red Sea had been parted for them; even though they had been fed with manna in the wilderness, they were convinced by what they saw around them that without water, they would surely die. And so, it seemed natural to blame the man who had led them there! The narrative goes on to describe how Moses, after turning to God in this great hour of need, was led to Mt. Horeb, where he was directed to strike the rock with his rod, and water came out of the rock - enough water to take care of all their needs.

It would seem that we could use Moses today to provide water to end the droughts that cause the same fear the children of Israel felt in the wilderness so long ago. But is it Moses we need, or is it some measure of the absolute faith and understanding Moses had in God, the source of all good, who supplies all our needs, always? Moses knew he could trust God in every circumstance, no matter how desperate things might look to mortal eyes. And what Moses knew was able to bless everyone around him.

Many of us right now are asking God to bring rain to drought- stricken areas in the United States, looking for divine intervention to solve the problem. My study of Christian Science has for me brought prayer to a higher level, revealing more than what the material senses can observe.

In her book "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science, wrote: "God is not influenced by man. The 'divine ear' is not an auditory nerve. It is the all-hearing and all-knowing Mind, to whom each need of man is always known and by whom it will be supplied" (p. 7). Moses clearly understood this spiritual fact, and proved it when he was confronted with the apparent lack of water in the wilderness. …

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