Did you ever feel that life was swirling about you and was too rapidly changing for you to catch or rationally handle? These material forces, which Thomas L. Friedman defines as technology and Moore’s Law, the market and the economy, and Mother Nature ‘s effect on climate and environment, appear to be defining our destiny. We try various solutions to preserve our individuality and prevent victimization; but where do individual peace and universal fellowship come into this scheme of conflicting forces?
Authors, counselors, and advisers try to help untangle the dilemma. In reading the Pulitzer Prize winning author, Thomas L. Friedman’s book, Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Acceleration, I recognized that he welcomes his late arrivals to appointments and dinner meetings, because it gives him a pause for “thinking,” a deeply desirable habit which is often lost in the time crunch. He further advises his readers on how to “cope” with the crises of acceleration by 1) cultivating lifelong learning, 2) pausing and reflecting, and 3) observing The Golden Rule.
Although I gratefully appreciated his thoughts, especially the Golden Rule, I realized that there is a more permanent and reliable solution – going beyond coping to healing.
One day several weeks ago, I felt the need to go beyond coping in managing my time to complete a business proposal, master a course of study, make vital business decisions, and tackle writing and reading projects. I wanted time to, most of all, experience and contribute to “universal fellowship” in church and my community. The chronic worrying led to a physical upset and a disturbing condition.
I made one important decision, the Bible should be my first stop. I turned to the book of Psalms and read Psalms 143:8: “Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust; cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.”
I also turned to a favorite biography, Mary Baker Eddy: Christian Healer, Amplified Edition. When a reporter from the Minneapolis Daily News inquired about the Christian Science view of universal fellowship, Eddy replied: “Christian Science can and does produce universal fellowship. As the sequence of divine Love it explains love, it lives love, it demonstrates love. The human, material, so-called senses do not perceive this fact until they are controlled by divine Love; hence the Scripture, ‘Be still, and know that I am God.’”
These thoughts brought inspiration and the beauty of holy peace and quietness that I needed. The physical, disturbing condition was healed along with the turbulent thinking. No more would I be concerned about the false belief of being a struggling mortal; I had a heritage to claim: To be the child of God – loved by God, guided by God, and inspired by God.
This was not coping; it was healing.