A guest post written by Michele Karlskind from Los Angeles, California
Who of us has not encountered times when we wondered about our lives, worried about our present or future direction, doubted our ability to perceive, let alone perform, the path before us? And yet, a solution is always present. We have only to recognize its source in order to find direction that’s timeless.
Here’s an example of finding direction in life from what appeared to be an uncertain future.
On my fifth birthday, I was rushed to a hospital because I suddenly had a terminal disease. Despite every medical effort, my condition continued to deteriorate. My mother, a student of Christian Science, and my father, a member of another denomination, agreed that, as there was no medical answer, I should be allowed to return home to comfortably pass away in peace.
What’s interesting is that while hospitalized, I asked my mother only one question: “Why is everyone so afraid?” It seems to me that I felt the importance of resolving that fear. This aligns with what Mary Baker Eddy, author of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, writes about fear: “Fear, which is an element of all disease, must be cast out to readjust the balance for God. Casting out evil and fear enables truth to outweigh error.”
So my question now is, how does truth outweigh error? Eddy explains: “As material knowledge diminishes and spiritual understanding increases, real objects will be apprehended mentally instead of materially.” When I was released from medical care, both my parents relied upon prayer – releasing me to the care of my divine Parent by understanding my unaltered perfection as a child of God.
Within two weeks, I was up and about my normal activities, including participation at a local Christian Science Sunday School, where I read in Matthew to “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you…”
Twenty words. Twenty simple words. But from then on, these words have been my foundation when searching for direction and guidance in life. They open thought to the infinite goodness of God and His equally infinite manifestation, available to all. I find that arguments of immaturity or ignorance carry no weight when it’s understood that each day unfolds new experiences, enlightenment, and unfoldment. From middle age to advanced years, each transition brings transformation of thought and circumstance – yielding ageless and timeless answers.