The men and women whose personal stories are hallmarked in the Bible were not very different from you and me. Faced with extreme difficulties and insurmountable odds, they did the only thing they could: They turned to God with all their heart, mind, and soul, expecting salvation where none appeared possible.
Peace to struggling hearts
By Charlene Anne Miller
From The Christian Science Journal - August 2012
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How can we get back to “normal,” either during or after a crisis? Where can we find a genuine, lasting peace in our lives, which sustains us under all circumstances? Chaos and disruptive events can either be discouraging setbacks or the “burning bush” (see Exodus 3:1–5) that propels us closer to God, divine Love, and a deeper understanding of our true spiritual identity as a blessed and beloved child of God, dear to His heart.
Gradually I learned valuable lessons during some rocky periods, and found an eventual return to stability and peace of mind, as I sought comfort and redemption from the Bible. As we read in Job, “Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee” (22:21), clearly a better acquaintance with God brings peace and blessings.
The Bible, God’s holy Word to mankind, is a Niagara Falls of inspiration, comfort, and guidance to anyone seeking a respite in trying times. Throughout the centuries, the true stories of divine deliverance from overwhelming debt, slavery, political and religious persecution, starvation, national disasters and wars, illness and grief, have comforted aching hearts, wrought character transformations, and brought a sweet peace and unbreakable joy.
Moses faced down cruel fear and much anxiety, finding a path to freedom for the children of Israel, where no path was humanly visible—through the Red Sea. Only the divine power of almighty Spirit, God, could part the un-partable waters, dry the un-dryable sea-floor, and sustain this mighty act during the long hours required for the children of Israel to pass to safety and the end of bondage.
Our “present existence” can become filled with proofs of God’s care right where we are, as we companion with Him. We can feel an unbreakable connection as we turn away from despair and affirm our unity with God, good. The recognition and reality of His allness, goodness, and power encourage and strengthen us, opening us up to the Divine. Unexpected and even unusual ways and means surface, to save and deliver us. We can progressively understand and prove that we are not poor, suffering mortals, stuck in dreadful or inflexible human situations, but God’s beloved children, lovingly tended, nurtured, and cherished. This realization melts away discord and despair and lets harmony rule our lives, more and more.
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By Charlene Anne Miller