A guest post written by Linda Giase-Froese from Encinitas, California
Recently while driving I noticed the car in front of me had a bumper sticker that read God is my .com. Many times we read bumper stickers on cars that might elicit some kind of momentary response, but this one stayed with me into the evening. I googled .com and found that Wikipedia says that “the domain name com is a top level domain (TLD) in the Domain Name System of the Internet.” I also looked up the definition of “domain” and one of the definitions I found was “a specified sphere of activity or knowledge.”
As I thought more about this, I was reminded of an experience I had the previous year. I volunteer for and sit on the board of a film festival and I had come up with an idea for what I thought would be a perfect partnership for a film that would be showing during the upcoming season. I contacted the executive director, who was excited about the idea, and work began on the project. But while out of town, I received the distressing news that the partnering organization was pulling back on the project with little explanation and an underlying sense of friction. Although this partner organization said they would still advertise for us, my colleague and I felt the project was doomed because we didn’t have much to advertise without the partnership and some of our advertising materials had gone to print announcing the event, including this partnership.
As I was giving this situation some quiet prayerful thought, I was reminded of a statement from spiritual leader, and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy: “All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation” in her “Scientific Statement of Being” in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. Mind is a synonym that Eddy uses for God, and as I pondered these words, I waited to see what possibilities lay within God’s “domain,” which is infinite. Although at first I still felt like I was sitting in the abyss, in a short time new partnerships were secured that were even more beneficial to our event, we were able to maintain leadership of the event in a way that we may not have been able to do with the original partner, and the event was a success both financially and for the community.
Our original partners did advertise for us and enjoyed our limited partnership. They were so taken by the buzz the event caused in the community that they made an unsolicited introduction for us to an important local arts organization with a recommendation that they work with us on a future joint fundraising event. This partner also expressed interest in working on another project with us in the future. Within Mind’s “sphere of activity or knowledge” things worked together in ways I couldn’t have imagined.
Back to the bumper sticker – don’t we all sometimes carve out a limited domain for ourselves and others when, in fact, God’s “infinite manifestation” includes all that we need as well as an infinite supply of goodness and harmony? On a larger front, couldn’t the world right now benefit from making God their .com? I know I will now be more conscious of making God my top level domain!