Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Safe amid the Storm

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Safe amid the Storm

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Amid dangerous weather people sometimes wonder if God is with them, and if so, will He help?

The answer to that question was illustrated late one night when I was caught in a horrible storm while driving on a dark, rural road as I returned home from work. As lightning struck, electric lines fell along my path and objects were hurled around me by high winds. There was no apparent safe place to stop, so I continued on. Immensely afraid, I reached out in prayer for God's help.

Through my study of the Bible I've come to understand that "God is love" (I John 4:8) and that as such, God indeed cares for all that He creates. In fact, divine Love is all good - a saving force and "a very present help in trouble" (Psalms 46:1). The Psalmist explained the constancy of God's availability and protection for anyone needing help when he depicted God as saying: "He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him" (Psalms 91:15).

God as the loving creator of all, then, is not in destructive, material forces: "not in the wind ... not in the earthquake ... not in the fire" as the prophet Elijah discerned (I Kings 19:11, 12). Such forces have no place in the allness of divine Love, in the omnipotence of God who Christ Jesus referred to as Spirit (John 4:24). The "still small voice" that Elijah heard after recognizing that God is not in any destructive force might be thought of as the influence of ever-present Spirit - the voice of Truth, which speaks to us of God's continuous care. It speaks to us, through our spiritual sense, as all-pervading good in the very place where evil seems to be threatening.

When I reached out in prayer during that awful storm, I heard that "still small voice" - not audibly but rather as a comforting idea. It directed me to look away from the drama of the storm to the spiritual reality that recognized God as having all real power, which was creative, not destructive. …

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