What if we knew it was all going to be ok?
Well, that throws fear about climate change, job prospects, and relationships out the window. It would throw stress away, fear about not accomplishing all we need to. It pretty much destroys all fear, and with it we lose aggression, timidity, and envy. Fear is a completely future-based concept, so confidence about what’s to come completely dissolves fear.
Now, one more step. What if we knew everything was ok, right now?
Right now? Then, we don’t have to give in to feelings of illness or incompleteness…if we knew everything truly was ok, right now, then anything telling us otherwise would clearly be just a lie. We could walk confidently, right now, knowing that everything really is ok.
The last question is probably predictable by now: what if we knew everything has been ok, at every point in our past?
Bye, guilt. Bye, heredity. In fact, there goes most every supposedly causative thing that isn’t good.
Am I talking about la-la land here? Am I asking you to play a little mind game with me for about 5 minutes while you read this blog? No, I wouldn’t waste your time with that. That’s one of the things that I deeply love about Christian Science: the thoughts, study, and discoveries we embark on in this Science unfold tangible facts. Christian Science doesn’t ask us to put on blinders and ignore the suffering of others, or the suffering that we ourselves are experiencing. Christian Science actually shows us how we can rise above any imposition falsely placed on God’s beloved child. You. Your neighbors. Haitians. Chilean mine workers. Servicemen and women in the armed forces.
So, back to my initial questions. What if we answered in the affirmative? Can we reasonably say that everything will be, is, and was ok? If you’re not sure, how about a quick inspiration from some worthy company.
Paul, one of the first men to spread the good news and share God’s healing love with so many people, didn’t exactly have an easy time in his life. Starting off as a terrorist against Christians, after his conversion Paul was routinely jailed, beaten, and left for dead. But here’s what he has to say about tough times:
In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Although some of the things Paul mentions may not be high on your list of concerns (perhaps height, if you’re a pro rock climber!), this passage is still absolutely applicable today. He is declaring that nothing, in any phase of experience, can separate us from God’s love. And if we are not separated from God’s love, then everything’s ok, right?! What we’re really doing here is establishing more firmly our foundation, where we’re starting from. Once we know our foundation – or even just a little bit of our foundation – we can better and more freely grow and experience healing.
This fearlessness, this revealing of the foundation on which we stand, is the root of healing. Nothing is actually going to CHANGE. Rather, we will be able to see what IS, more clearly. Perhaps that will involve a physical move to another home or some other shift in physical or mental location, but this isn’t a change so much as the unfoldment of the law of harmony. You are always, securely, God’s beloved child. This is why healing in Christian Science applies to health as well as any other issue that isn’t harmonious or right. We’re not fixing anything God created. We’re expecting, seeing, and loving more clearly what God has done.