Don’t Panic – Let Divine Mind Get a Grip on You – Weekend Edition – 11/23/2013

 

In the storm of misunderstandings and criticism, in the stress of ingratitude and betrayal; constantly tried as by fire; at times, all but overwhelmed by the waters of malice, envy, and hate; beset by poverty, homelessness, and loneliness, this women pressed on.  Healing cases her students failed to heal, pondering and communing with her heavenly Father, she meekly broke the bread of Truth with her fellow men.  In the face of opposition greater than the world had known since the advent of Christianity, she would not be swayed from her God-appointed task.  In the secret recesses of her heart Mary Baker Eddy guarded the truth God had revealed to her.

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Don’t Panic – Let Divine Mind Get a Grip on You

By Michelle Nanouche

From the December 3, 2012 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

* Photo -Frank C. Pape  (Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil) – Courtesy of allposters.com

 

“Don’t panic. I am here. I will see you out.”

That was the message that came to me when I found myself on the floor of my room curled up in a ball, panicking, crying, feeling like I had reached my wit’s end over a problem that had persisted for three years and seemed suddenly worse than ever. I was at a total loss as to how to go forward. The mental dialogue went like this:

“I (sob) can’t (sob) do this (sob, sob) anymore.
(Exhausted sob.)”

“You don’t have to.”

“No (sob) really. I can’t pray about this anymore, I don’t have any more thoughts I can think to move forward. (sob) I quit.”

“I am your Mind. Let me ‘think’ for you. Don’t panic. I am here. I will see you out.”

Even in this state of complete mental exhaustion, my “no more prayer” prayer was effective to lead me to the thought I needed to wake me up. Actually, it started by letting me sleep—to rest in the fact that I didn’t have to figure anything out. I could leave it to God, my infinite, uncornered divine Mind, to do all the knowing, the reasoning, and the solving for me.

When I awoke, I was no longer panicked. Nothing had changed problem-wise. But I didn’t feel so isolated and alone in the struggle. God, divine Love, was speaking to me.

The great prophet Elijah had a similar experience feeling desperate, exhausted, and alone in the world (see I Kings, chapter 19). With an enemy, Jezebel, breathing her intentions to kill him down his neck, he fled deep into the wilderness. The Bible says, “He stopped and sat down in the shade of a tree and wished he would die. ‘It’s too much, Lord,’ he prayed. ‘Take away my life; I might as well be dead!’ ” (verse 4, Good News Translation).

I didn’t feel so isolated and alone in the struggle.

Then he lay down under the tree and fell asleep. We are told that “suddenly an angel touched him and said, ‘Wake up and eat.’ He looked around and saw a loaf of bread and a jar of water near his head. He ate and drank, and lay down again. The Lord’s angel returned and woke him up a second time, saying, ‘Get up and eat, or the trip will be too much for you.’ Elijah got up, ate and drank, and the food gave him enough strength to walk forty days to Sinai, the holy mountain” (verses 5–8, GNT).

It was on this mountain, at the end of this 40-day journey, taken with the strength of the angel-food, that Elijah witnessed an earthquake, wind, and fire. He learned that there was no God—“no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance” (see Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 468)—in any of these symptoms of evil. The “ ‘still, small voice’ of Truth” (see Science and Health, p. 323) broke through to Elijah and he heard very specific instructions that would enable him to go forward and finish his mission in total security.

In my case, the lesson was the same. My panic stemmed from being overwhelmed by symptoms of an intractable, venomous evil, a relationship problem, that seemed to have control over my life. But once I realized it wasn’t my job to think or pray my way out of the problem, but that I could yield to always intelligent divine Mind to feed me all the right thoughts I needed and direct all my forward steps, the symptoms stopped being so impressive. In fact, over the next several weeks, I saw rapid progress unfolding all around me, until the problem was completely healed.

If you are dealing with a particular struggle that has you feeling trapped, cornered, with no way out, allow divine Mind to get a grip on you. Listen to “the still small voice” breaking through the earthquake, wind and fire of panic. It is saying to you:

“I am your Mind. Let me ‘think’ for you. Don’t panic. I am here. I will see you out.”

 

One thought on “Don’t Panic – Let Divine Mind Get a Grip on You – Weekend Edition – 11/23/2013

  1. Doug Finney

    This was very helpful. We’ve all experienced mortal mind’s stubborn claims on our peace and thought of giving up, but we must be reminded that “…the battle is not yours, but God’s” (II Chr 20:15)and God has already provided the perfect solution. We are never for an instant separated from God, good.

    Thank you.

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