By Susan Spears from Costa Mesa, California
I found myself looking out the window yesterday and there is a tree at the level of our third floor window that was vigorously dancing in the wind – an unusual occurrence here in Southern California. It was beautiful to watch – with flashes of silver from the undersides of the leaves and hints of red from the new growth.
This tree’s movement got me thinking about an idea mind-body guru Lissa Rankin shared about a comfort zone not being the best place for growth. And everyone wants to grow, right? We are all looking for ways to be more capable of handling situations – whether they are health, financial, emotional, or social. Any of life’s situations.
But although Mary Baker Eddy defines wind as “…the might of omnipotence and the movements of God’s spiritual government,” many times a person may be blown off course, letting the winds of change keep that person adrift. I’ve found it important to keep this in mind and remember that God is in control, not the seemingly uncontrollable events in my life.
Once when my family was getting ready to move from one apartment to a larger apartment, the whole apartment complex seemed to be coming down with a bug. Within a couple days of the move, my family also had the symptoms. I clung to the idea that God was in control of the situation, both for the move and with my family’s health. I still remember this absolutely overwhelming sense of encompassing love that I felt late at night as I struggled with the symptoms. Within a short time my family recovered and we were able to move to our new place.
Change is almost never comfortable, but these changes encourage us to grow. Eddy also said that, “trials are proofs of God’s care.” But the reason that trials are proofs of God’s care isn’t because he is giving us trials, but rather because these trials are the impetus to rely more fully on God – in every aspect of life.