Guest column/Assurance of God’s protection is a great comfort

Recently I woke to intense, bright lightning and booming thunder that shook the bed. It was 3 a.m. and the winds were howling. As I got up to look out the bedroom window, my phone started blaring out a tornado warning.

Are we safe?

This was the first night of our trip. Though wakened from a good sleep, I wasn’t rattled, even as the windows and doors clattered. I have learned through experience that in an emergency, I can rely on sound wisdom gleaned from my Bible: “Peace, be still.” For me that means more than a deliberate attempt to stay calm; rather, it is an immediate and harmonious state of consciousness that I can experience right where I am no matter what turmoil surrounds me. I can feel at peace because I know any tumult cannot interfere with God’s consonance.

After a few moments the sky flashed bright green as the storm intensified. Electricity was going on and off. It was difficult to tell from my vantage point, but according to the weather service a tornado was aiming right at us.

Will we be OK?

The scene was intense. During the next 45 minutes the TV weather guys spotted two rotations on their radar in our area. I continued to watch the progression of the storms from my window. And I kept coming back to “Peace, be still.”

This decree is the turning point in a notable account of Jesus and his students, who found themselves in the middle of a raging storm at sea. After being awakened by their fearful pleas, Jesus gets up and says, “Peace, be still.” However, his dictum is not directed toward the disciples, but rather at the storm itself.

Where the other men in the boat felt desperate and powerless, Jesus’ response was just the opposite. Where they retreated in fear, he stormed the storm, challenging the intimidating images surrounding them.

Where they were panicked by what they saw, assuming their demise, Jesus’ spiritual outlook of God’s ever-present harmony calmed the storm which allowed the men to feel secure.

This gave them valuable insight into his understanding of God and their permanent safety.

As for my stormy night, I continued to pray, “Peace, be still.” More than a prayer of hope, it was a humble affirmation of the tranquility of Love’s (God’s) creation. I confirmed no power as able to destroy, or even injure, life. Invoking spiritual truth is prayer that has scientific – consistent – results, available to anyone, anywhere at anytime. Its influence is universal.

An atmosphere of calm ensued. The winds subsided after a while and we went back to sleep.

Later that morning we had a chance to visit the affected area.

The eye of the storm had struck just a few buildings over from us. There was quite extensive damage to structures and homes, including roofs blown off and one house completely collapsed. Yet, despite winds exceeding 132 miles per hour in a densely populated area, there were no deaths that night. In fact, there were no reports of serious injury either.

Not all storms we encounter are weather related. Tempests can challenge our security in other departments of life: job, family, and health concerns to name a few. But the same “Peace, be still” rule applies.

Despite the worrisome questions surrounding our well-being that can infest our thinking during times of crisis, the assurance of God’s protection is a great comfort.

Are we safe? Yes, we are.

(Salt, a Christian Science practitioner, is a writer and blogger about health, spirituality and thought.)

Guest column/Assurance of God’s protection is a great comfort

Recently I woke to intense, bright lightning and booming thunder that shook the bed. It was 3 a.m. and the winds were howling. As I got up to look out the bedroom window, my phone started blaring out a tornado warning.

Are we safe?

This was the first night of our trip. Though wakened from a good sleep, I wasn’t rattled, even as the windows and doors clattered. I have learned through experience that in an emergency, I can rely on sound wisdom gleaned from my Bible: “Peace, be still.” For me that means more than a deliberate attempt to stay calm; rather, it is an immediate and harmonious state of consciousness that I can experience right where I am no matter what turmoil surrounds me. I can feel at peace because I know any tumult cannot interfere with God’s consonance.

After a few moments the sky flashed bright green as the storm intensified. Electricity was going on and off. It was difficult to tell from my vantage point, but according to the weather service a tornado was aiming right at us.

Will we be OK?

The scene was intense. During the next 45 minutes the TV weather guys spotted two rotations on their radar in our area. I continued to watch the progression of the storms from my window. And I kept coming back to “Peace, be still.”

This decree is the turning point in a notable account of Jesus and his students, who found themselves in the middle of a raging storm at sea. After being awakened by their fearful pleas, Jesus gets up and says, “Peace, be still.” However, his dictum is not directed toward the disciples, but rather at the storm itself.

Where the other men in the boat felt desperate and powerless, Jesus’ response was just the opposite. Where they retreated in fear, he stormed the storm, challenging the intimidating images surrounding them.

Where they were panicked by what they saw, assuming their demise, Jesus’ spiritual outlook of God’s ever-present harmony calmed the storm which allowed the men to feel secure.

This gave them valuable insight into his understanding of God and their permanent safety.

As for my stormy night, I continued to pray, “Peace, be still.” More than a prayer of hope, it was a humble affirmation of the tranquility of Love’s (God’s) creation. I confirmed no power as able to destroy, or even injure, life. Invoking spiritual truth is prayer that has scientific – consistent – results, available to anyone, anywhere at anytime. Its influence is universal.

An atmosphere of calm ensued. The winds subsided after a while and we went back to sleep.

Later that morning we had a chance to visit the affected area.

The eye of the storm had struck just a few buildings over from us. There was quite extensive damage to structures and homes, including roofs blown off and one house completely collapsed. Yet, despite winds exceeding 132 miles per hour in a densely populated area, there were no deaths that night. In fact, there were no reports of serious injury either.

Not all storms we encounter are weather related. Tempests can challenge our security in other departments of life: job, family, and health concerns to name a few. But the same “Peace, be still” rule applies.

Despite the worrisome questions surrounding our well-being that can infest our thinking during times of crisis, the assurance of God’s protection is a great comfort.

Are we safe? Yes, we are.

(Salt, a Christian Science practitioner, is a writer and blogger about health, spirituality and thought.)

Guest column/Assurance of God’s protection is a great comfort

Recently I woke to intense, bright lightning and booming thunder that shook the bed. It was 3 a.m. and the winds were howling. As I got up to look out the bedroom window, my phone started blaring out a tornado warning.

Are we safe?

This was the first night of our trip. Though wakened from a good sleep, I wasn’t rattled, even as the windows and doors clattered. I have learned through experience that in an emergency, I can rely on sound wisdom gleaned from my Bible: “Peace, be still.” For me that means more than a deliberate attempt to stay calm; rather, it is an immediate and harmonious state of consciousness that I can experience right where I am no matter what turmoil surrounds me. I can feel at peace because I know any tumult cannot interfere with God’s consonance.

After a few moments the sky flashed bright green as the storm intensified. Electricity was going on and off. It was difficult to tell from my vantage point, but according to the weather service a tornado was aiming right at us.

Will we be OK?

The scene was intense. During the next 45 minutes the TV weather guys spotted two rotations on their radar in our area. I continued to watch the progression of the storms from my window. And I kept coming back to “Peace, be still.”

This decree is the turning point in a notable account of Jesus and his students, who found themselves in the middle of a raging storm at sea. After being awakened by their fearful pleas, Jesus gets up and says, “Peace, be still.” However, his dictum is not directed toward the disciples, but rather at the storm itself.

Where the other men in the boat felt desperate and powerless, Jesus’ response was just the opposite. Where they retreated in fear, he stormed the storm, challenging the intimidating images surrounding them.

Where they were panicked by what they saw, assuming their demise, Jesus’ spiritual outlook of God’s ever-present harmony calmed the storm which allowed the men to feel secure.

This gave them valuable insight into his understanding of God and their permanent safety.

As for my stormy night, I continued to pray, “Peace, be still.” More than a prayer of hope, it was a humble affirmation of the tranquility of Love’s (God’s) creation. I confirmed no power as able to destroy, or even injure, life. Invoking spiritual truth is prayer that has scientific – consistent – results, available to anyone, anywhere at anytime. Its influence is universal.

An atmosphere of calm ensued. The winds subsided after a while and we went back to sleep.

Later that morning we had a chance to visit the affected area.

The eye of the storm had struck just a few buildings over from us. There was quite extensive damage to structures and homes, including roofs blown off and one house completely collapsed. Yet, despite winds exceeding 132 miles per hour in a densely populated area, there were no deaths that night. In fact, there were no reports of serious injury either.

Not all storms we encounter are weather related. Tempests can challenge our security in other departments of life: job, family, and health concerns to name a few. But the same “Peace, be still” rule applies.

Despite the worrisome questions surrounding our well-being that can infest our thinking during times of crisis, the assurance of God’s protection is a great comfort.

Are we safe? Yes, we are.

(Salt, a Christian Science practitioner, is a writer and blogger about health, spirituality and thought.)