Tonight my daughter had to write a story for her fifth grade class. She was to write an adventure-type story and pretend she was a raindrop. We talked about how it would feel to be a raindrop…things like what a raindrop does for the earth and how it feels when people get rained on. Finally, we talked about where the raindrop ends up after it “splats” on the ground. Some end up in the earth, some in puddles for children to play, some in rivers, and some in oceans.
It was that thought about a drop in the ocean that reminded me of a statement Mary Baker Eddy makes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “As a drop of water is one with the ocean, a ray of light one with the sun, even so God and man, Father and son, are one in being.” (page 361) I sat and reflected about this statement. Is this true? Am I one with the Father?
This week’s State of the Union address suggested unity and oneness as the Democrats and Republicans made history when they crossed the aisle and sat together. And, I remember years ago, when I worked for an engineering firm and was responsible for providing training that would promote unity, trust, and teamwork within the office. I can’t deny that some phases of teamwork and unity made that office more efficient. But even after all that training, there was only so far one could go with unity and human personalities. It is sometimes hard to make people believe that they collectively make “one” … even when it is for the good of the company or for the Congress.
Today, when nations and individuals are seeking escapes from all the chaos and fear daily digested concerning economy, war, unemployment, and healthcare, it is important to remember that even when the news wants to put up a barrier between men and nations, God’s love is there to bind us all together. “One with the Father” — these simple words have the power to negate every sad story being told on 24/7 news stations.
We hear alot today about “unity” and being unified….our country joining as “one” in the face of terrible tragedy or devastation from acts of nature. This is a great thing to experience, but it cannot compare to the unity and oneness we have with the Father. No matter what you are facing, you cannot be separated from Spirit, God.