LET GOD INTO YOUR UNIVERSE
By: Mark M. Lawson
I sometimes remove God from my universe. Of course, I can’t really do that, but if in my heart I don’t assert God’s presence and influence in every aspect of my life, then I effectively remove him. When this occurs, it is no surprise that I have less peace and more stress. I feel that my life is out of control. Rather than “out of sight, out of mind,” it is more like “out of mind, out of sight.” That is, it seems that God, or good, is nowhere to be found.
In her primary work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy writes: “In the Saxon and twenty other tongues good is the term for God. The Scriptures declare all that He made to be good, like Himself, — good in Principle and in idea. Therefore the spiritual universe is good, and reflects God as He is.” If God is All-in-all, then there can be nothing beyond illimitable divinity. In God’s all-presence, what else can be present? In the midst of God’s all-power, what else can be powerful? In the Mind that is God, what can be unknown?
Through Isaiah, God tells us (Isa. 45:5), “I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me.” As arrogant mortals sometimes do, I segment my life into different “departments”: spiritual life, work life, and family life. I regularly “permit” God to govern my spiritual life, but sometimes I forget to let Him govern other departments. When this happens, I experience more challenges, stress, and unhappiness. This happened lately.
I started thinking of my work life in a very limited way. While God was in charge of my spiritual life, I was “in charge” of my work life. The result was that I found myself stressed by work challenges. I kept walking into the barriers of finite thinking, manifest as worry, fear, doubt, and unhappiness. I had been thinking that I was in control of a portion of my universe, when the remedy was to declare and know that God was in control of His universe (and that there was no my universe). I immediately experienced more peace, and problems resolved themselves better than I could have imagined.
Again, in Science and Health, Eddy writes: “How empty are our conceptions of Deity! We admit theoretically that God is good, omnipotent, omnipresent, infinite, and then we try to give information to this infinite Mind.” I had been trying to handle things on my own, telling God how I wanted things done. God is not limited, but my concept of Him had been limited. When I opened my thought to know things as He knows them, declaring His presence and all-power, I experienced His control and felt His peace. My problems were then resolved.
Mr. Lawson is First Reader of Christian Science Society, Bristol, Tennessee and he may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.