A guest post written by Elizabeth Anne Nelson
One Saturday morning more than a year ago, I was shocked to find that my car was no longer in its parking space at my complex. I felt at once emptiness from accepting that something was missing, and I thought about the fact that, according to the San Diego Union Tribune, a car is stolen in San Diego every 38 minutes. But I realized that I didn’t need to accept this material evidence.
After the shock subsided, I called the Police Department to report the incident, called the insurance company, and then went to pick up my rental car. As I was going through these steps, I asked myself: How do I pray about a stolen vehicle? I found a quote from health researcher and theologian, Mary Baker Eddy, very helpful: “No evidence before the material senses can close my eyes to the scientific proof that God good is supreme.”
I prayed each day with the idea that God is not just the greatest power, He is the only power. But each day when I called the Police Department I was told my car was still missing. After a week with the same results I turned to a passage from Psalms: “Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there; if I make my bed in hell, behold thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there shall thy hand lead me and thy right hand will hold me.”
At this point I decided to call the Auto Theft Detective Division. As we were speaking, my license plate and a picture of my car appeared on his screen. My heart sang! The police were dispatched to the location. When I didn’t hear anything after several hours I called back, but my car had been moved.
Upon hearing this news, I felt fatigue and a desire to give up. The frustration of this whole experience seemed to overwhelm me, and I found I was focused on the problem instead of praying with confidence and expectancy for a solution.
Instead of being discouraged, I decided to change the way I viewed this situation. I saw that the substance of my car was an idea of God, which was actually a spiritual idea of transportation rather than my possession. Health and vitality also belonged to me, as I existed eternally as a loved idea of God, Life. Furthermore, I knew that the car existed in its right place and no belief that evil was real or belief of a theft could interfere with God established order and perfection.
After praying for four hours with the focus and expectancy, I fell asleep. I was awakened by my cell phone ringing: “Ms. Nelson, your vehicle has been found. I am standing with it now, and you may come and pick it up.” Those words will ring in my heart forever.
This experience has had a great impact on my life and health, as I see that with God all things are possible. I have learned that God is a God of eternal goodness and health in all things, at all times, and I can always trust God’s care even in the greatest emergencies.